Head of Programme Foreign Relations
Mikko Huotari heads the programme on China’s foreign relations. His research focuses on China’s foreign policy, China-Europe relations as well as regional order in Asia. He has published extensively on China’s global investment strategy and economic relations with Europe as well as on geopolitical issues such as tensions in the South China Sea.
Before joining MERICS, he taught International Political Economy and Chinese Foreign Policy at the University of Freiburg. During his studies of International Politics and International Law in Freiburg, Nanjing and Shanghai he gained experience in policy-oriented China research at the German-Chinese Law Institute in Nanjing, the German Embassy in Beijing and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin.
Chinese investment in Europe: record flows and growing imbalances, Joint report by MERICS and Rhodium Group, January 2017. (with Thilo Hanemann)
A New Record Year for Chinese Outbound Investment in Europe, A Report by MERICS and Rhodium Group, February 2016. (with Thilo Hanemann)
Asserting European interests: How Brussels should deal with the question of China’s Market Economy Status, MERICS China Policy Brief, January 2016. (with Olaf Böhnke and Jan Gaspers)
Chinese FDI in Europe and Germany: Preparing for a New Era of Chinese Capital, Report by MERICS and Rhodium Group, June 2015. (with Thilo Hanemann)
Währungspolitik: Der chinesische Yuan steigt zur regionalen Ankerwährung in Asien auf, MERICS China Comment: Aus der Forschung, May 2015. (with Sebastian Heilmann)
More Chinese Investment in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities, in: The Hamburg Summit: China Meets Europe 2014 Conference Booklet, October 2014.
China’s Shadow Foreign Policy: Parallel Structures Challenge the Established International Order, MERICS China Monitor No. 18, 28 October 2014. (with Sebastian Heilmann, Moritz Rudolf and Johnannes Buckow)
How China's rise contributes to polarization in the West, 21 October 2016. (with Sebastian Heilmann)
China's G20 wisdom: how to make the global agenda match domestic priorities, 7 September 2016.
“Beijing-Berlin connection” revisited, 15 June 2016.
Why the EU should use the OSCE to engage China on security issues, 17 May 2016. (with Jan Gaspers)
Don’t rush into granting Market Economy Status to China, 26 February 2016. (with Jan Gaspers)
Preparing (for) China's vision of international order, 23 Feburary 2016.
Can Turkey play the Shanghai card? China’s take on Ankara’s Eurasian security endeavours and what it means for Europe’s security architecture, in: Security Policy Working Paper No. 6, 16. Februar 2017. (with Jan Gaspers and Thomas Eder)
Von Hangzhou nach Hamburg: Der chinesisch-deutschen G20-Kooperation sind Grenzen gesetzt, in: Internationale Politik, July/August 2016, pp. 110-113.
Only Rocks and a Hard Place: China's recent setback might further escalate the confrontation in the South China Sea, in: Berlin Policy Journal, 14 July 2016. (with Thomas Eder)
Is Europe Prepared to Deal with the China Challenge?, in: ChinaFile, A ChinaFile Conversation, 24 June 2016. (with Jan Gaspers)
Meeting Halfway, in: Berlin Policy Journal, 17 May 2016. (with Jan Gaspers)
Moscow’s Failed Pivot to China - And How It Benefits Europe, in: Foreign Affairs, 17 April 2016. (with Thomas Eder)
PRC: Precarious Republic of China?, in: The Security Times, 12 February 2016. (with Sebastian Heilmann)
EU should not rush into granting China market economy status, in: EUobserver, 11 February 2016. (with Jan Gaspers)
Mapping Europe-China Relations: A Bottom-Up Approach (A Report by the European Think Tank Network on China), November 2015. (Ed., with: Miguel Otero-Iglesias, John Seaman and Alice Ekman)
Dominanter Drache, in: IP-Länderportrait China 2/2015, pp. 62-66.
Öffnung oder Abschottung? Die Grenzen von Chinas Infrastrukturaußenpolitik, in: Welttrends 7/2015. (with Maximilian Mayer)
China: Geopolitik durch Infrastruktur, in: Blätter für internationale Politik, 7/2015, pp. 37-40. (with Maximilian Mayer)
What Went Wrong With U.S. Strategy on China's New Bank and What Should Washington Do Now?, in: ChinaFile, A ChinaFile Conversation, 24 March 2015.
Finding a New Role in East Asian Financial Order: China’s Hesitant Turn towards Leadership, in: Harnisch et al.: China’s International Roles Challenging or Supporting International Order?, New York: Routledge, 2015.
Whither Area Studies?, Asia Pacific Memo No. 316, 12 November 2014. (with Jürgen Rüland)
Context, Concepts and Comparison, Special Issue in Pacific Affairs 87(3), 2014. (with Jürgen Rüland)
Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. (with Rüland, Jürgen and Judith Schlehe)
Emerging Powers and Change in the Global Financial Order, Global Policy, 5(3), pp. 298–310, 2014. (with Thilo Hanemann)
Introduction: Fostering Methodological Dialogue in Southeast Asian Studies, in: Huotari, Mikko, Rüland, Jürgen and Judith Schlehe (2014) Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014.
Context, Concepts and Comparisons in Southeast Asian Studies - Introduction to the Special Issue, Pacific Affairs 87(3), 2014. (with Jürgen Rüland)
As potências em ascensão e mudanças na “Ordem Financeira Global”, Published by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Brasil. January 2013.
Analyse außenpolitischer Wirkungen: Reflexionen im Spannungsfeld von internationaler Politikforschung und Policy-Analyse, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2012.
Reformstau im Riesenreich: Chinas Dilemma, Interview with 3sat makro, 22 September 2016.
Transatlantisch? Transsibirisch!, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 31 August 2016.
China investiert in Europa: Geld, Macht oder beides?, Interview with detektor.fm, 26 August 2016.
Angela Merkel in China: Harte Konflikte mit einem schwierigen Partner, in: Zeit Online, 12 June 2016.
China, die USA und der Insel-Streit: Droht ein Seekrieg im Südchinesischen Meer?, Interview with BILD.de, 31 October 2015.
Interview with Deutsche Welle TV on Chancellor Merkel’s visit to China, 29 October 2015.
Interview with n-tv on Chancellor Merkel’s visit to China, 29 October 2015.
Interview with Deutsche Welle TV on the South China Sea dispute, 27 October 2015.
Auswirkungen von Chinas Wirtschaftsschwäche auf den globalen Handel, in: Der Tagesspiegel, 20 September 2015.
Unsichere Zeiten in China, Discussion forum, rbb Inforadio, 20 September 2015.
Mikko Huotari im Gespräch mit dem Deutschlandradio über den Kurssturz an Chinas Börsen und die Folgen, 8 July 2015.
Griechenland zwischen Ost und West?, Interview with SR2, 9 April 2015.
Sinkende Wachstumszahlen in China, DW Business Brief with Mikko Huotari, 20 January 2014.
Interview with SWR2 on Li Keqiang's visit to Belgrad, 16 December 2014.
Interview with Deutschlandradio on Li Keqiang's visit to Belgrad, 16 December 2014.
The Asian Economies: Matchmaking at Summits, DW Quadriga, 13 November 2014.
Interview with SWR2-Aktuell on the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, 21 May 2014.
Sichere Häfen für Chinas Reiche, NDR, 22 and 23 January 2014.