MERICS China Podcast

The MERICS China Podcast, brought to you by the Mercator Institute for China Studies, a show that analyses current affairs in China and the latest developments in EU-China relations.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 23m. Bisher sind 205 Folge(n) erschienen. .

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 15 hours 37 minutes


episode 203: Finding a European answer to the China-Russia partnership, with Alice Ekman and Helena Legarda

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is set to visit Beijing on May 15 and 16 to meet with China’s leader Xi Jinping. This will be Putin's  first foreign trip after his reinauguration on May 7. The meeting will be another chance for the two leaders to emphasize how important and close the “no limits” partnership of Russia and China is...



episode 202: Science and technology at the NPC, with Barry Naughton and Jeroen Groenewegen-Lau

In this year’s government work report at the National People's Congress, the issue of science and technology was mentioned more often than any other. Why does the Chinese government put so much focus on science and technology? What does this mean for other pressing issues that the Communist Party is facing? And what does it mean for Europe and the United States?

To discuss these questions Johannes Heller-John is joined by Barry Naughton and Jeroen Groenewegen-Lau...


 March 19, 2024  34m

episode 201: National People’s Congress 2024: The state implements the party’s decisions, with Nis Grünberg and Jacob Gunter

The National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, has held its yearly session in Beijing from the 5th to the 11th of March. This episode looks at what we have learned from this year's NPC and its repercussions for China and Europe. Johannes Heller-John is joined by MERICS Lead Analysts Nis Grünberg and Jacob Gunter. They argue that science and technology as well as security took precedence over socio-economic issues. 


 March 12, 2024  21m

episode 200: Resuming the EU-China people to people dialogue, with Jean-Louis Rocca, Katja Drinhausen and Abigaël Vasselier

The high-level EU-China people-to-people dialogue is planned to be resumed this spring. The last installment happened in 2020, and this podcast episode looks at the relevance and aims of the format and what might be considered as a successful outcome. 

Claudia Wessling, MERICS Director of Communications and Publications, is joined by Jean-Louis Rocca, Katja Drinhausen and Abigaël Vasselier...


 March 7, 2024  33m

episode 199: The challenge of obtaining information from China, with Vincent Brussee

Obtaining crucial information from and on China is becoming increasingly difficult for governments, businesses and researchers alike. “Geopolitics is a big factor,” says MERICS Associate Fellow Vincent Brussee “but there are many other dynamics that are intrinsically tied to how the Chinese political system works.”

He is the co-author of a recent MERICS report on the topic and joins Johannes Heller-John in this episode...


 February 26, 2024  19m

episode 198: The rise of China’s high-tech SMEs, with Alexander Brown and François Chimits

Beijing’s industrial policy increasingly puts the focus on the cultivation of high-tech small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This MERICS Podcast episode looks at the emergence of China’s “Little Giants,” as well as Beijing’s goals, key policies, and implications for foreign companies. We also delve into developments in medical technologies, one of the key sectors outlined in the “Made in China 2025” strategy...


 February 9, 2024  32m

episode 197: EU-China relations in 2024, with Abigaël Vasselier

What are the most pressing issues in EU-China relations in 2024? What does Europe need to focus on in managing relations with China? How might China seek to exploit the campaign season, in which Europe will be preoccupied with its own problems? In this podcast, Abigaël Vasselier, Director Policy & European Affairs/Head of Program Foreign Relations at MERICS, discusses these and other questions with Claudia Wessling, Director Communications and Publications...


 January 26, 2024  24m

episode 196: Taiwan presidential elections, with Angela Köckritz

Shortly before the presidential elections on January 13, author and journalist – and former MERICS Senior Policy Fellow – Angela Köckritz travelled to Taiwan to follow the debates on the ground. In this MERICS podcast, she talks to Claudia Wessling about an exciting head-to-head race, Taiwan's approaches to deal with increasing disinformation and fake news from China and the debate about military service and defense policies...


 January 11, 2024  33m

episode 195: Chinese hacking activities, with Antonia Hmaidi

China is an important source of cyberattacks on Europe and institutional changes have created a more flexible and sophisticated state-affiliated Chinese hacking scene. What differentiates Chinese hacking from that of other actors? What are its goals? And how can we deal with it?

Antonia Hmaidi, Analyst at MERICS with a focus on China’s internet infrastructure and its disinformation and hacking campaigns, is joining Johannes Heller-John to answer these questions...


 January 5, 2024  28m

episode 194: Austria, Denmark, Ireland, and their relations with China, with Alexander Davey, Lucas Erlbacher and Andreas Forsby

European countries have become more aligned on how to deal with China in the past years, but national approaches towards the country still vary. In this episode, we zoom in on Austria, Denmark, and Ireland and how their relationships with China have evolved, how they work with Brussels on China issues, and what is in store for the near future...


 December 8, 2023  39m