European Voices on China

Press freedom: “China cannot impose draconian controls forever”

21 April 2016

Interview with Yuen-ying Chan/ Questions: Ruth Kirchner

Media freedom in China has suffered under president Xi Jinping, and Professor Yuen-ying Chan agrees that these are hard times for Chinese journalists. In our MERICS Podcast, the director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at Hongkong University also argues that independent journalism in China still exists.


Soccer: Xi Jinping's newest "China Dream"

20 April 2016

By Mirjam Meissner and Kristin Shi-Kupfer

China's grand plan to become a football superpower are in line with a long list of ambitions to become No. 1 in the world - and its leaders are likely to pursue it with the same determination.


The Mideast: a laboratory for US-EU maritime cooperation with China?

14 April 2016

By Christina Lin

As rising tensions in the South China Sea worry policymakers from Washington to Brussels, the US and the EU should seize the opportunity to cooperate with China in another part of the world. China’s growing role in the Mideast and its “One Belt, One Road” initiative could be a starting point for non-traditional maritime security cooperation.


Buyer beware: China’s risky commodity investments

11 April 2016

By Rolf J. Langhammer

A few years ago, Western countries feared that China’s forays into Africa would cut them off from commodities. In light of current low prices it looks as if China made a mistake when it secured access to resources through risky investments.


Panama Papers show that it’s all in the family for Xi Jinping

05 April 2016

By Sebastian Heilmann

The revelation that his brother-in-law used offshore tax havens to hide his wealth is more than an embarrassment for China’s president Xi Jinping. His anti-corruption campaign will only have domestic credibility once family members of the party leaders can be subjected to investigations.



The MERICS blog offers commentary and analysis on China’s political, economic and social development as well as its role in global affairs (and its relations with Europe).


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.