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A German businessman’s secret of success in China: Buy real estate and sell baby products!

29 April 2016

Report by Claudia Wessling

From book clubs to real estate and e-commerce – Ekkehard Rathgeber’s career in China mirrors the country’s tumultuous development since 1989. The German entrepreneur spoke about his experiences at the MERICS China Lounge.

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Australian submarine deal is no kow-tow to China

27 April 2016

By Hanns W. Maull

Australia’s decision to buy French, not Japanese, submarines is far from an attempt to appease Beijing. On the contrary, the arms deal is bound to strengthen US-led efforts to push back against China’s muscular posture in the Asia-Pacific.

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Little to celebrate on Labour Day: Strikes expose risks of China’s new growth path

27 April 2016

By Simon Lang

Worker unrest mirrors China’s falling growth rates. A growing number of labour protests in the private construction and manufacturing sector may cause the government to reconsider its plans for much-needed reforms in the state sector.

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Here's how China is building the car of the future

25 April 2016

By Sebastian Heilmann and Mirjam Meissner

The Detroit Auto Show has long set the tone for the global car industry, but a new player on the other side of the world could prove to be a bigger player. As the Beijing Motor Show begins on Monday, it’s worth taking a closer look at China’s auto industry. 

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Is censorship bad for business? How trade laws could break through China’s Great Firewall

22 April 2016

By George G. Chen

The US claims that China’s internet controls may violate the rules of global trade. This line of argument exposes a dilemma for China’s leaders who struggle to uphold an increasingly authoritarian system in an era of deepening international integration.

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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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