As it approaches its 100th anniversary in July, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) appears stronger and more confident than ever. The leadership in Beijing is convinced that its own governance model is superior to Western democratic models. Recent tensions over human rights and trade issues have highlighted that European actors need to find ways to deal with an increasingly assertive China under CCP-rule. In their report, MERICS experts cover three key aspects of CCP governance: the integration of the economy under politics, the role of digitalization and the new foreign policy paradigm that puts China’s national security first.
The 90-minute event is divided into three brief sessions:
Input by MERICS Senior Analyst Nis Grünberg: Party-state capitalism under Xi: aligning the economy with political objectives
Comment by Meg Rithmire, F. Warren MacFarlan Associate Professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School
Input by MERICS Senior Analyst Katja Drinhausen: The CCP in 2021: smart governance, cyber sovereignty and tech supremacy
Comment by Rogier Creemers, Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese Studies comment at Leiden University
Input by MERICS Senior Analyst Helena Legarda: China’s new international paradigm - Security first
Comment by Wolfgang Niedermark, Member of the Executive Board at BDI - The Federation of German Industries
Each session will be followed by a short Q&A. To wrap it up, Mikko Huotari, Executive Director, MERICS and the commentators will discuss the implications of China’s increasingly assertive engagement in systemic competition and answer questions from the audience.
Claudia Wessling, Director Communication and Publications at MERICS, will moderate the event.