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Le droit, c’est moi: Xi Jinping’s new rule-by-law approach

28 July 2017

By George G. Chen

China’s party-and-state leader tries to bring government officials under the reach of the legal system. But the purpose of this approach is less about ensuring compliance with the law than about ensuring the top leadership’s control over its bureaucracy.

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A financial pressure cooker: How Chinese economic policy leads to asset bubbles

21 July 2017

By Maximilian Kärnfelt and Max J. Zenglein

After turbulences in the stock and real estate markets, China’s next speculative asset bubble might be building in the Fintech sector. Stricter regulation won’t solve the underlying problem: the lack of attractive investment options caused by low interest rates and capital controls will keep producing new bubbles. 

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China and the SCO: Turkey looks East for security cooperation alternatives

14 July 2017

By Jan Gaspers 

Turkey’s flirt with the China-dominated Shanghai Cooperation Organization casts doubt on Ankara’s commitment to Euro-Atlantic integration. So far, Beijing has remained cautious, but it may decide that closer cooperation with Turkey is in its long-term interest. This is a joint blog post with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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China and the SCO: India and Pakistan’s accession is major gain for Beijing

11 July 2017

By Jingdong Yuan

The expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization aligns with Beijing’s geostrategic ambitions. Drawing India closer into China’s orbit serves as a check against US influence, while Pakistan’s inclusion could help fight security threats. China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to connect Eurasia and South Asia, could also benefit from the new members.

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Trump plays dangerous game by pressuring China on North Korea

07 July 2017

By Jingdong Yuan

The Trump administration is making a grave mistake by using Taiwan and the South China Sea as bargaining chips to secure China’s help with North Korea. Trump’s transactional approach to security policy risks damaging Sino-US relations at a time of high strategic uncertainty.

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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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