One-way train from China to Central Europe

In the modern days of the Silk Road, Chinese leaders are followed not by camels but by cargo trains. The formal openings of new cargo routes were key to Xi Jinping’s visit to Germany in 2014 (Chongqing-Duisburg connection) and to Warsaw earlier this year (Chengdu-Warsaw line). This past weekend, Premier Li Keqiang visited Riga to attend the 5th Summit of Heads of State of Central and Eastern European countries and China under the so called 16+1 format, which was set up in 2012.

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

The future of US international trade and investment policy has been thrown into extraordinary uncertainty after the election of Donald Trump. In line with his campaign pledges the president-elect has announced to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was concluded this year. Under US law, such unilateral action on trade policy would not require Congressional approval.

Made in China 2025 vs Made by Company X: why technology can’t be nationalized

The new U.S. president and the Chinese government have one thing in common: they look at industrial policy from a national and territorial perspective. Under his slogan “America First,” Donald Trump wants to create new jobs on U.S. territory and to defend existing jobs against imports. One of the aims of China’s “Made in China 2025” strategy is to acquire foreign technological knowledge to leapfrog the development of China’s own manufacturing sector.