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China’s quest for cybersecurity causes headache for foreign companies

28 March 2017

By Nabil Alsabah (via The Diplomat)

International businesses in China struggle to comply with new regulations, which force them to store critical data within China's borders, limit the application of foreign encryption services, and require handing over customer data of terror suspects.

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Can there be a transatlantic China policy in the Trump era?

23 March 2017

By Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich

As the U.S. President pursues his strategy of “America First,” China strives to increase its role and influence on the world stage. Participants of a panel hosted by MERICS and its partners China File, Asia Society and Young China Watchers in New York discussed the consequences of this shift in the global order.

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Overseas NGOs in China: left in Legal Limbo

08 March 2017

By Kristin Shi-Kupfer and Bertram Lang (via The Diplomat)

As many feared, the new law in practice seems designed to make life difficult for international organizations. Many foreign NGOs, especially those working in political sensitive areas like legal advocacy or political education, are left in legal limbo.

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Anti-Western nationalism in China can work for or against the CCP

03 March 2017

By Claudia Wessling

As the U.S. and Europe struggle with political and economic crises, Chinese party-state media highlight the deficiencies of “Western” systems. The leadership in Beijing offers the “China Path” as an alternative. Under what conditions could we see a rise in anti-Western nationalism in China? What does this mean for the stability of the government? These questions were up for debate at a MERICS China Dispute on 22 February that was attended by around 100 guests.

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Made in China 2025 vs Made by Company X: why technology can’t be nationalized

21 February 2017

By Rolf J. Langhammer

China’s industrial policies aim to build national champions via acquiring technological knowledge abroad. This goal may be in line with the current worldwide wave of economic nationalism, but it is likely to collide with the strategic aims of increasingly globalized Chinese companies.

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