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Don’t rush into granting Market Economy Status to China

26 February 2016

By Jan Gaspers and Mikko Huotari

The economic and political costs of granting Market Economy Status (MES) to Beijing without extracting concessions in return would be too high. In addition to economic interests, political and strategic considerations should also guide the EU’s decision.


Yes to MES! Five economic reasons for granting Market Economy Status to China

26 February 2016

By Rolf J. Langhammer

Accepting its trading partner China as a market economy does not need to be a bad deal for the EU. The costs of Chinese dumping to the European economy are often overestimated. And levelling the playing field may even incentivise Chinese companies to be more transparent in calculating costs and prices.


Preparing (for) China's vision of international order

23 February 2016

By Mikko Huotari

China’s articulation of a vision of international order may be in its early stages. But some central elements are out – time for Europe and the US to start working on an answer.


In the Asia-Pacific, an unspoken “doctrine of mutual non-destabilisation”

19 February 2016

By Sebastian Heilmann

Prospects for crisis resolution in the Asia-Pacific are better than between Russia and the West. Despite abundant conflicts, none of the major powers in the region tries to actively destabilise the other – leaving room for informal compromise and ad-hoc arrangements to maintain peace.


China at the Munich Security Conference: hesitant involvement

18 February 2016

By Moritz Rudolf

China did not feature prominently at this year’s MSC. But the participation of Fu Ying, Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, in a panel discussion moderated by MERICS director Sebastian Heilmann made clear: China is willing to get involved, albeit hesitantly and according to its own rules.



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).


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