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For China, it’s one step forward, two steps back on market access

21 September 2017

By Max J. Zenglein

With its recent promises of better market access for foreign companies, China tries to placate international criticism. But the steps are half-hearted at best, especially since the relaxations in some areas go hand in hand with new restrictions in others.

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One China – One Europe? German foreign minister’s remarks irk Beijing

11 September 2017

By Lucrezia Poggetti (via The Diplomat)

Sigmar Gabriel’s demand that China follow a “One Europe” created an unusual analogy to the “One China” policy, which accepts China’s dictum that foreign nations should not entertain diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Beijing’s comments on European unity also show that it struggles to understand the European idea of subordinating sovereignty in certain areas to a community of nations.

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China’s outbound M&A slowdown: why less could be more for investors and targets

05 September 2017

By Marc Szepan

China’s outbound M&A volume has contracted significantly since the beginning of the year. The Chinese government’s attempt to curtail acquisitions outside the core business areas of Chinese companies and the resulting breathing spell could have a favourable effect on M&A success probabilities.

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"China and U.S. should respect international law - and each other's interests"

30 August 2017

Interview with Shen Dingli (via Young China Watchers)

As China positions itself as a major country, it is confronted with a host of global security issues. Young China Watchers discussed China's positions on these issues, from the South China Sea to North Korea as well as its relations with the United States, India and Africa, with Dr. Shen Dingli, Professor and Associate Dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies.

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Kim Jong-un is his own worst enemy

23 August 2017

By Hanns W. Maull and Helena Legarda

North Korea’s triumph in the standoff with the United States may be short-lived. The strategic value of its nuclear deterrent is questionable, as it has profoundly alienated China, North Korea’s long-time ally. At the same time, the regime in Pyongyang continues to dig its own grave with its failed economic policies.

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