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U.S. exit from TPP – three main takeaways for Europe

02 February 2017

By Thomas S. Eder

The U.S. withdrawal from TPP and TTIP leaves the EU as the main advocate of high regulatory standards in international trade agreements. The Trump administration’s anti-trade rhetoric may have created an opening for Brussels to get concessions from Beijing and to bolster its position through agreements with other Asian countries.

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The pitfalls of law enforcement cooperation with China

26 January 2017

By Thomas S. Eder and Bertram Lang (via The Diplomat)

Europe’s increasing police and judicial cooperation with China raises difficult questions, especially with regard to extradition. Governments should make sure the cooperation does not undermine international and European legal norms.

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Can China save the planet from climate change?

24 January 2017

By Sebastian Heilmann and Jost Wübbeke

In the absence of U.S. and European leadership, China is emerging as the world’s best hope in the fight for climate change. Despite tremendous near-term challenges, Beijing’s political commitment and forward-looking policies could turn China into a model for building an alternative energy economy.

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Four reasons why Chinese acquisitions in Germany are likely to remain strong

16 January 2017

By Marc Szepan

As China imposes tighter controls on capital outflows, China’s global M&A activities may decelerate. However, German companies are likely to remain attractive targets for Chinese buyers for strategic, geopolitical, and business reasons.

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A national supervision system: the CCP’s new permanent anti-corruption campaign

12 January 2017

By George G. Chen and Mareike Ohlberg

The Xi Jinping administration plans to institutionalize its anti-corruption campaign in a new powerful state organ, creating a permanent tool for investigation and prosecution. The reform suggests the introduction of extra-party supervision while it actually expands the CCP’s reach.

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