European Voices on China

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.


How Europe can help prevent an escalation in the South China Sea

04 April 2016

By Thomas S. Eder

Tensions in the South China Sea may escalate when an international tribunal rules on China’s maritime claims. Europe may feel far removed from the conflict, but European involvement and transatlantic coordination could be instrumental in defusing the dangerous situation.


Think digital! Why China's leaders love the Internet (Part 4 of MERICS series)

30 March 2016

By Mirjam Meissner

China’s leaders deeply believe in digital solutions to meet the country’s challenges – and they don’t leave their development up to the private sector. In part 4 of our series on the 13th five-year plan, Mirjam Meissner describes their highly innovative plans to spur new economic growth – and to strengthen social control.


Good citizens, splendid civilization: Culture in the 13th FYP (Part 3 of MERICS series)

29 March 2016

By Jessica Batke

In Part 3 of our series on the 13th five-year plan, Jessica Batke shows how the CCP hopes to foster a sense of national identity by instilling cultural and moral values among the population. A key part of this constructed identity is closeness with the Party itself.


China’s growth target - bad for economic stability (Part 2 of series on the 13th FYP)

24 March 2016

By Sandra Heep

In Part 2 of our series on the 13th five-year plan, Sandra Heep explains why China’s ambitious growth target will exacerbate many of the country’s economic problems. She argues that the looser monetary and fiscal policy necessary to reach this goal will put depreciation pressure on the renminbi, inflate asset prices and increase China’s debt burden. 


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.