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"China’s strong man Xi Jinping heads a very fragile system"

01 July 2016

Interview with Roderick MacFarquhar

Xi Jinping has centralized power in China to unprecedented levels, says Harvard historian Roderick MacFarquhar in this new MERICS Podcast. Xi  might have a vision for China – like Mao Zedong long before him - but he lacks the authority and historic legitimacy to implement his ideas. Even worse: his leadership style weakens the entire system.

Questions: Ruth Kirchner

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Power to the centre: top-down leadership in Xi Jinping’s China

27 June 2016

By Sabine Muscat

In “China’s Core Executive”, the first MERICS Paper on China, international China experts examine decision-making structures and processes under Xi Jinping. To mark the publication’s launch, contributors debated their views in a MERICS China Dispute.

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Gossip, guanxi, and guesswork: time to demystify the Chinese leadership

23 June 2016

The dynamics of Chinese politics have changed considerably under Xi Jinping. In “China’s Core Executive”, the first MERICS Paper on China, international China experts examine decision-making structures and processes in Xi’s China. But before we start to debate leadership in China, Jessica Batke [1] challenges us to check our own frame of reference.

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Is China a threat to the German economy? Entrepreneurs say don't worry

23 June 2016

By Claudia Wessling

Hamburg is a hub for European trade with China, and many Chinese companies are headquartered in the city. At a time when the German public is concerned about growing competition with China over innovation and technology, European entrepreneurs stressed the need to cooperate at a MERICS China Dispute organised in cooperation with the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

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China’s high stakes in the British EU referendum

20 June 2016

By Jan Gaspers

Chinese investors worry about access to the EU’s single market while the political leadership in Beijing fears losing the UK as an advocate in Brussels and witnessing a further decline of the EU’s global influence.

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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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