European Voices on China

"Centralization of power is weakening the Party"

26 July 2016

Interview with Lynette Ong (via Young China Watchers)

The centralization of power and crackdown on dissent under Xi Jinping is weakening, not strengthening the Party, according to Lynette Ong, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. In this interview, which was previously published on the blog of Young China Watchers, she talks about attempts to quell social unrest and about the challenges of land reform and rural-urban migration.


"Xi Jinping is not an economic thinker"

22 July 2016

Interview with Barry Naughton

Three years after China's leadership announced a new wave of market oriented reforms, Barry Naughton is disappointed with the outcome: according to the professor at the University of California in San Diego, China's economic problems got worse under Xi Jinping. In this MERICS podcast Naughton describes Xi as  fixated on political control, but not as an economic thinker.

Questions: Ruth Kirchner


Chinese media view EU crises as sign of failing "Western system"

20 July 2016

By Claudia Wessling

MERICS research reveals that official Chinese media use events in Europe to discredit Western concepts of democracy while more market-oriented outlets offered a more differentiated assessment.


China’s failure in the South China Sea

18 July 2016

By Orville Schell (via ChinaFile)

By rejecting the ruling of the arbitration tribunal in The Hague China has diminished the chances of resolving its regional maritime disputes in a peaceful manner. This essay was originally published by ChinaFile, the online magazine of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.


Europe and China fight the wrong fight over steel

15 July 2016

By Rolf J. Langhammer

The EU’s efforts to defend its steel industry against cheap imports from China are as misguided as China’s continuing overproduction of primary steel. Both sides will have to move away from traditional steel production and into higher value products to stay competitive.


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.