"China wants the Social Credit System to make people honest"

“Social Credit is seen as a means of making people, companies, entire industrial sectors and the government more honest by monitoring behaviors,” says Shazeda Ahmed, a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, and former Visiting Academic Fellow at MERICS. The system's digital mechanism will collect data on every single person in China by 2020.​​ What motivates the government? What are the major challenges? And what do people in China think about this system? Listen to our latest MERICS experts podcast.

China’s outbound M&A slowdown: why less could be more for investors and targets


After China’s outbound foreign direct investment, particularly outbound M&A activities, had reached a historical record high in 2016, the Chinese government has stepped on the brakes to limit foreign exchange outflows and to prevent so-called “irrational” investment projects. Due to this more restrictive approval policy, China’s 2017 first quarter outbound M&A volume dropped by about 60 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year.