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Now is the time to get serious about EU-China trade and investment relations

23 November 2016

By Rolf J. Langhammer

The EU should speed up negotiations about a Bilateral Investment Treaty with China. With US trade policy in limbo after the election of Donald Trump, there is an opportunity for Brussels to move ahead with Beijing.


Open government in China: bound to improve, within bounds

22 November 2016

By Jessica Batke*, Julia Breuer and Matthias Stepan

Beijing has made good on its promise to make a greater number of high-level government documents available to the public. Yet the principle of CCP rule will ultimately define the boundaries of transparency.


How the Belt and Road Initiative globalizes China’s national security policy

15 November 2016

By Sabine Mokry

Chinese security policy experts use potential threats to BRI projects, such as recent terrorist attacks in Central Asia, to highlight the necessity of a globalized security posture.


China on Trump: between schadenfreude and uncertainty

11 November 2016

By Ruth Kirchner and Lea Shih

Donald Trump‘s election victory was met in China with a mixture of triumphalism and concern about the consequences. Trump’s win is seen as both, a victory for democracy and a symbol for the demise of the US.


One-way train from China to Central Europe

09 November 2016

By Michal Makocki

Central European countries vie to position themselves as transit hubs in China’s ambitious Eurasian trade corridors. The enthusiasm is tempered by concerns that the new transportation lines will ultimately increase the region’s trade deficit with China.



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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