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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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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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