European Voices on China

Trump in China: a tourist, not a leader

09 November 2017

By Sabine Muscat

China’s leader Xi Jinping rolled out the red carpet for the US President in Beijing. At the same time, he works on reducing the United States' influence in Asia on regional security, trade and economic cooperation, leaving Washington with fewer options to counter China's expansion.


De-escalation on the Korean peninsula requires de-sanctioning

17 October 2017

By Rolf. J. Langhammer

The international community’s trade and financial sanctions against North Korea have few chances of improving the dismal historic record of such instruments. Chinese reluctance to enforce them and US reluctance to irritate China always leave a way out for Pyongyang.


Big Data reshapes China's approach to governance

02 October 2017

By Sebastian Heilmann

Economic planning and societal control: The digital transformation is changing the rules of the game in the global systemic competition. China's determined pursuit of a "digital Leninism" presents a major challenge to liberal market economies and democratic political systems. 


Alibaba and the killer app

28 September 2017

By Sebastian Heilmann

China's Internet economy is developing rapidly with the help of government funding and a protected domestic market. European governments have to rethink their digital policies to be prepared for the Chinese competition.


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.


The  Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)is a Stiftung Mercatorinitiative. Established in 2013, MERICS is a Berlin-based institute for contemporary and practical research into China.