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"China wants the Social Credit System to make people honest"

19 September 2017

Interview with Shazeda Ahmed

In setting up the so called Social Credit System, China plans to monitor, rate and regulate the behavior of citizens and companies with the help of big data. What motivates the government? What are the major challenges? And what do people in China think about this system?

Questions: Claudia Wessling

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Waiting for China's data protection law

21 August 2017

By George G. Chen and Tiffany G. Wong (via The Diplomat)

The increasing digitalization of life in China has increased the need for the security of personal data. To ensure effective data protection, the party-state would have to create a unified legal framework and to subject itself to supervision.

 

 

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"Religion is moving back to center-stage in China"

28 April 2017

Interview with Ian Johnson (via Young China Watchers)

After decades of prioritizing economic development, Chinese society is engaged in a search for values to fill the spiritual vacuum. Young China Watchers spoke with New York Times journalist Ian Johnson, who is also a Senior Policy Fellow at MERICS, about his new book “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao” (2017).

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Overseas NGOs in China: left in legal limbo

08 March 2017

By Kristin Shi-Kupfer and Bertram Lang (via The Diplomat)

As many feared, the new law in practice seems designed to make life difficult for international organizations. Many foreign NGOs, especially those working in political sensitive areas like legal advocacy or political education, are left in legal limbo.

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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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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.

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