European Voices on China

A financial pressure cooker: How Chinese economic policy leads to asset bubbles

21 July 2017

By Maximilian Kärnfelt and Max J. Zenglein

After turbulences in the stock and real estate markets, China’s next speculative asset bubble might be building in the Fintech sector. Stricter regulation won’t solve the underlying problem: the lack of attractive investment options caused by low interest rates and capital controls will keep producing new bubbles. 


Regulating a bubble: why it’s so hard to crack down on shadow banking in China

06 June 2017

By Victor Shih

China aims to fight growing risks in its financial sector with restrictions on shadow banking assets and interbank lending. But a sudden reduction of liquidity could increase rather than reduce the risk of a financial panic and dampen growth.


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.


Who will build tomorrow's car? According to Beijing, it will be China

15 March 2017

By Sebastian Heilmann and Mirjam Meissner

China sets its hopes on e-mobility. Smart and forceful  industrial policies are geared toward grooming domestic brands and keeping foreign competition at bay. Governments and manufacturers in industrial countries will have to act fast to counter this trend.


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.


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.