As an author and reporter, Angela Köckritz brings stories of everyday China to everyday Germans—both the good and the bad. In this interview, Köckritz shares her thoughts on writing in China, the story of her China’s colleague’s arrest, and contends that citizens of China are going through a profound period of reflection: “People are in the process of soul-searching, trying to find out what they stand for and how they see their own culture.” Read on to discover what else she learned.
YCW’s Insa Ewert and Jan Philipp Pöter take a political approach to the vigorous debate on whether or not China will be granted Market Economy Status (MES) in December 2016. A significant question for China’s international relations and economic ties, particularly at a moment of change for the European Union.
Is the Communist Party starting to crack? What can China learn from India’s experience with rural migration to cities? Dr. Lynette Ong of the University of Toronto provides insight into some of the biggest domestic issues facing China over the next decade.
YCW’s Insa Ewert and Jan Philipp Pöter dissect the impact of Brexit on China’s relations with the UK and EU, and find that an independent Britain would mean disadvantages for London and Brussels, but possible benefits for Beijing.
President Xi Jinping has centralized power in China to unprecedented levels. He has sidelined the prime minister and the State Council and tries to control everything himself, says Harvard University historian Roderick MacFarquhar in this podcast interview from MERICS, a YCW Partner.