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Asia Update

March 2021

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



Cold War 2.0? Essential Readings on the New Systemic Conflict

The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) produced some early strains between European policymakers and the new U.S. administration. However, such cooperation still holds great promise. How this potential can be unleashed is a focus of our new monthly literature review on systemic conflict with China. Other focal points are China's response to the escalating strategic competition with the United States and Europe’s search for a consistent China policy. The review also covers contributions on economic and technological competition, two key arenas of the systemic rivalry with China. Read the complete literature review here



What China's Industrial Policy Means for the German Economy

With its industrial policy initiative "Made in China 2025", China hopes to become a leading technology superpower. The selected high-tech industries also include sectors in which German companies are traditionally strong and which are important economic factors for Germany as an export nation, including mechanical engineering. What would it mean for Germany if China actually realizes its plans? This study develops scenarios for this question using the example of the German mechanical engineering sector. Read the German study here



„Interdependencies and Dependencies: China – Eastern Europe – European Union“ on 26 March 2021, 9.30 AM–2.30 PM (CET)

China’s ascendancy to the role of global player is also being felt in Eurasia. In Central Asia, China is the strongest economic power, while it maintains links with Russia in the form of a “strategic partnership”. Beijing and Moscow are in agreement when it comes to their rejection of universal values such as human rights and the “liberal” world order. Can this ambivalence be regulated, or are we on the threshold of a new international conflict between divergent systems? This conference, “Interdependencies and Dependencies: China – Eastern Europe – the European Union”, will provide some answers. Please find the conference program and the formular for your registration here



Nine Things You Didn't Know About Taiwan

From a dictatorship to a model democracy: Taiwan has undergone a spectacular transformation. Today, the country is a global role model in terms of democracy, digitalization and human rights. Moreover, Taiwan has managed the Covid-19 pandemic better than almost any other country. This article in our change Magazine explains what Taiwan’s recipe for success is, what else makes the country so interesting and why it occupies an important place in German soccer history (in German). Read the article  here



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