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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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China’s new circuit tribunals allow tighter control of judiciary

07 February 2017

By George G. Chen

China's new system of circuit tribunals improves citizens’ access to the justice system. But the regional courts under direct control of the Supreme Court also tighten the Communist Party’s grip over the judiciary.

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A national supervision system: the CCP’s new permanent anti-corruption campaign

12 January 2017

By George G. Chen and Mareike Ohlberg

The Xi Jinping administration plans to institutionalize its anti-corruption campaign in a new powerful state organ, creating a permanent tool for investigation and prosecution. The reform suggests the introduction of extra-party supervision while it actually expands the CCP’s reach.

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China’s high-tech strategy raises the heat on industrial countries

16 December 2016

By Jost Wübbeke and Mirjam Meissner

The world's current leaders in advanced manufacturing must prepare for growing competition and ensure that China’s industrial upgrade doesn’t come at their expense, the authors of a new MERICS Paper on China argue in an article for our partner publication The Diplomat.

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China’s dangerous real estate spiral

07 December 2016

By Sebastian Heilmann and Matthias Stepan

Government intervention has so far averted a crisis in China’s booming property market. But local and central efforts to prevent bubbles from building up have created new risks for the economy.

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