MERICS Institutsgebäude


Since its foundation in 2013, MERICS has established itself as the go-to European think tank on China. With about 20 full-time international researchers, from all over Europe, the United States, Australia and Singapore, MERICS is currently the largest European research institute focusing solely on the analysis of contemporary China and its relations with Europe and the wider world. Our experts cover a range of scientific qualifications and methodological skills. 

MERICS plays an active role in informing European public debates on China and in providing senior decision-makers across Europe with in-depth China-related insights critical to their portfolios. MERICS publications often drive China policy debates and are frequently quoted in European and international media.  

Having its main premises in Berlin, MERICS also entertains an office in Brussels and has staff working permanently in different European capitals. 

MERICS was founded by the Stiftung Mercator to strengthen knowledge and debate about China in Germany and Europe.

Independent research means MERICS experts will take a stand – one firmly grounded in liberal-minded and democratic values. In doing so, MERICS experts provide new perspectives on China and advise for shaping relations with it.

International exchange and networking

MERICS cooperates with numerous research institutes in Germany and abroad.

The Fellowship Program allows leading experts, policy advisors and journalists from China, Europe and the USA to contribute to and draw on MERICS’ research.

The European China Talent Program allows MERICS to promote up-and-coming researchers – and enrich and expand Europe’s perspective on modern China.

Mercator Institute for China Studies
Klosterstrasse 64
10179 Berlin

Email: info(at)
Telephone: +49 30 3440 999-0