Covid-19 and Europe-China Relations
A special report by the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC), 29 April 2020
MERICS expert Barbara Pongratz contributed the chapter on Germany-China relations. In her view, the Covid-19 shock will most immediately impact Germany through the country’s close business ties to China. She anticipates lasting effects on the production capacity and market outlook of German manufacturers, but the main shock is expected to come through a decline in trade. Pongratz argues that the Covid-19 crisis will be a catalyst for four trends in Sino-German relations, namely the debate on German dependence on China, the screening of Chinese investments, Beijing’s role as a partner, competitor and systemic rival, and, lastly, the geopolitical reality of China’s growing influence across Europe.
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The European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) is a gathering of China experts from a selection of European policy research institutes. It is devoted to the policy-oriented study of Chinese foreign policy and relations between China and European countries as well as China and the EU.