China’s high-tech strategy raises the heat on industrial countries

China has launched a high-tech revolution. Recognizing that the country can no longer play the role of the world’s factory for cheap products, the leadership in Beijing has devised a master plan to catch up with leading industrial nations by 2049. “Made in China 2025,” intended to give Chinese industry a leg up in entering the age of smart manufacturing and interconnected production, is China’s answer to Germany’s “Industry 4.0” and to the “Industrial Internet” in the United States.

A national supervision system: the CCP’s new permanent anti-corruption campaign

China’s fight against corruption seemed to have hit a roadblock last year. Reports suggested that the harsh campaign had tarnished rather than lifted the reputation of the central government – fueling speculations that the Xi Jinping leadership might prepare to dial it down. As it turned out, the opposite was the case. It soon became clear that the campaign would not only continue in the future, but that it would actually intensify.

Can China save the planet from climate change?

As images of apocalyptic smog in Beijing travelled around the world earlier this year, it would seem like a grotesque idea to envision a leading role for China in shaping global climate and energy policy in the near future. Yet China does have the potential to surpass the U.S. and the EU in energy, propulsion and environmental technologies in the medium to long term – and to become a model for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

China’s new circuit tribunals allow tighter control of judiciary


Chinese citizens no longer need to travel far to bring a lawsuit to the Supreme People’s Court (SPC). By the end of 2016, the SPC had established six circuit tribunals all over the country. On 21 January 2017, the newly established “third circuit tribunal” of the SPC in Nanjing started to hear its first case – a dispute about the transfer of land use rights. These new tribunals were set up as permanent courts in designated cities across China.

New kid on the block: the PLA's global ambitions


China’s military has left no doubt that it intends to expand its international presence beyond the Asia-Pacific region. In August, during a visit to Damascus, Rear Admiral Guan Youfei confirmed that Chinese troops would step up military training and humanitarian aid to President Bashir al-Assad’s Syrian government; only a few days later, Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said that China would strengthen military relations with Saudi Arabia. Earlier in 2016, Beijing announced that China would build its first overseas military base in Djibouti.

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.