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Brexit is bad news for democracy activists in Hong Kong

30 March 2017

By Bertram Lang

Britain and Europe are too busy with their own divorce to care about Hong Kong’s future. The crack-down on pro-democracy activists after the election of Beijing-backed candidate Carrie Lam as the SAR’s new chief executive has only drawn muted responses from London and Brussels.

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China’s quest for cybersecurity causes headache for foreign companies

28 March 2017

By Nabil Alsabah (via The Diplomat)

International businesses in China struggle to comply with new regulations, which force them to store critical data within China's borders, limit the application of foreign encryption services, and require handing over customer data of terror suspects.

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Can there be a transatlantic China policy in the Trump era?

23 March 2017

By Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich

As the U.S. President pursues his strategy of “America First,” China strives to increase its role and influence on the world stage. Participants of a panel hosted by MERICS and its partners China File, Asia Society and Young China Watchers in New York discussed the consequences of this shift in the global order.

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Who will build tomorrow's car? According to Beijing, it will be China

15 March 2017

By Sebastian Heilmann and Mirjam Meissner

China sets its hopes on e-mobility. Smart and forceful  industrial policies are geared toward grooming domestic brands and keeping foreign competition at bay. Governments and manufacturers in industrial countries will have to act fast to counter this trend.

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Overseas NGOs in China: left in legal limbo

08 March 2017

By Kristin Shi-Kupfer and Bertram Lang (via The Diplomat)

As many feared, the new law in practice seems designed to make life difficult for international organizations. Many foreign NGOs, especially those working in political sensitive areas like legal advocacy or political education, are left in legal limbo.

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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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