European Voices on China

Twenty years after handover, Hong Kong struggles for its identity

29 June 2017

By Tiffany G. Wong

On the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the People’s Republic of China, the city is grappling with an identity question that threatens its relationship with the mainland. Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s political career will depend on how she deals with this challenge.


What Macron could mean for European China policy

15 June 2017

By Bertram Lang

France’s new president will need China’s cooperation on issues like climate change to balance the US and Russia. But while Macron might open up new channels for Sino-European cooperation, he could also push Europe towards a tougher stance on trade and security issues.


How to tax an online game import from China? VAT fraud creates headache for EU

14 June 2017

By Rolf J. Langhammer

The evasion of VAT for the import of digital services from China is a growing problem for the EU. Rather than waiting for the completion of a European single digital market, loopholes for non-EU suppliers should be closed now. 


Exchanging people, but not ideas: why the CCP wants to supervise foreign students

09 June 2017

By Kristin Shi-Kupfer

International students in China have become the latest target in Beijing’s campaign to ensure thought control and political stability. The party-state’s obsession with “ideological security” clashes with its efforts to promote people-to-people exchanges as a key part of China’s global outreach.


Sino-European unity against Trump can’t solve all bilateral issues

07 June 2017

By Lucrezia Poggetti

Their concern over an increasingly erratic US foreign policy is bringing the EU and China closer together. Yet last weeks’ EU-China Summit also illustrated that this partnership remains limited to selected issues.


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.