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Asia Update

February 2021

Asia-related activities of Bertelsmann Stiftung and insights into important developments in the region.



Indo-German Alignment Mapping - 2. Trade

What are the prospects for the strategic partnership between Germany and India? In the second chapter of our policy brief series, Parvati Vasanta takes a closer look at trade relations. Bilateral and multilateral agreements become more important. Although figures show that Europe and India would profit from a free trade agreement, the positions of both partners are still far apart which makes substantial progress difficult. In particular, India’s protectionist tendencies make it difficult to lift the trade partnership between Europe and India to the next level. (Text only in German). Read here



Indo-German Alignment Mapping - 3. Health

What are the prospects for cooperation between Germany and India when it comes to health? The joint challenge of containing the pandemic and expanding vaccine capacities offers potential for strengthening the partnership. But in the medium term, differences are likely to increasingly come into focus. While India aims to expand the market power of its pharmaceutical industry and become the “largest pharmacy” of the world, Germany and Europe are trying to become more resilient and reduce dependencies argues Parvati Vasanta in the third part of our policy brief series (Text only in German). Read here



Cold War 2.0? Essential Readings on the New Systemic Conflict

The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) has unleashed a firestorm of criticism in Europe and among the EU's key partners, directed both at the deal itself and at the timing and political context of the agreement. It is therefore a focus of our new monthly literature review on systemic conflict with China. Another focus is Beijing's expanding authoritarianism, as evidenced by its intensified efforts to influence media content around the world or its campaign of transnational repression directed at Chinese living abroad. The review also covers contributions on economic and technological competition, key arenas of competition with China. Read the complete literature review here



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