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MERICS at the 52nd Munich Security Conference

For the first time, the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) will be present at the Munich Security Conference. The Berlin based think tank will focus on current contradicting developments in China with two events.

China’s diplomats have never been more active on the global stage than in the past two years. The Chinese government has expanded the scope of its activities in the region as well as its global reach. By abandoning traditions of relative restraint and adjusting key priorities of its foreign policy, Beijing has embarked on a new course in global affairs.

Yet there are fundamental challenges to China’s expanding international role. “China is turning into a precarious global power as it confronts an increasingly complex international environment at a time when it undergoes the most challenging period of its domestic economic transformation for decades”, said Sebastian Heilmann, President of MERICS. “The way in which the PRC leadership applies its domestic policy approaches to international issues will be the ultimate test of its global leadership aspirations.”

Friday, February 12th, 2016; 1:45 pm: Press Briefing: “China’s Global Reach: Expanding, Yet Precarious”


  • Professor Sebastian Heilmann, President of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
  • Mikko Huotari, Head of Foreign Relations Programme, MERICS

Where: MSC Press Center, Room „Odeon“; Hypo Vereinsbank (HVB), 1st Floor, Kardinal-Faulhaber-Str. 1, 80333 München.


Saturday, February 13th, 2016; 3 – 4:30 pm: MERICS Panel : „Doubling Down? China and the International Order(s)”

Professor Sebastian Heilmann, President of MERICS, hosts the panel with:

  • Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Yun Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs, South Korea (tbc)
  • Bob Corker, US-Senator of Tennessee 
  • Fu Ying, Chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, National People’s Congress
  • Ng Eng Hen, Defense Minister of Singapore

Where: Großer Saal, Bayerischer Hof.


Shortly after the Munich Security Conference, you will find a short video clip on the panel on our website

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