MERICS firmly believes in partnering with leading think tanks, research institutes and other knowledge providers. This allows us to deliver the best possible analysis of China’s evolving global role and domestic path and to foster European and transatlantic exchanges. MERICS has forged a wide range of institutional, thematic, project and content partnerships.

Institutional partnerships

Since its founding in 2013, MERICS has been an affiliated institute of Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), enabling valuable academic exchange with scholars from these leading East Asia research institutions in Germany.

MERICS is a steering member of the European Think Tank Network on China (ETNC), a forum where China experts from across Europe exchange ideas on topical issues in Europe-China relations. Find out more about its activities and publications here.

Thematic partnerships

In 2015, MERICS and the Rhodium Group (Rhg) joined forces to analyze China’s evolving economic footprint abroad, in particular the latest trends in Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe. Find more details and the joint reports on Chinese FDI in Europe here.

Together with the China Institute at Trier University (CIUT), we analyze China’s domestic debates and the still diverse spectrum of opinion in China. The German-language project “China Spektrum” is funded by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF). 

Together with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), MERICS run the China Security Project from 2017 to 2022. The project developed insights on China’s defence and security policies, industries, underlying domestic drivers, global power projection capabilities, and implications for Europe and NATO.

Project partnerships

MERICS teamed up with Bertelsmann Stiftung in 2020 to host a regular Berlin China retreat for top Asia officials from EU countries’ foreign ministries and EU institutions.

Since 2018, MERICS cooperates with Bertelsmann Stiftung and the German business association BDI in organizing a regular China conference in Ziethen, bringen together high-ranking representatives from business and politics. One result of this process, among others, is the 2019 study Beyond Investment Screening, a collaboration with Bertelsmann and Rhodium Group.

The foundation has also generously supported the MERICS European China Talent Program. Find more information on the program here.

Since 2020, MERICS has supported the Centre for a New American Security (CNAS) in launching the Technology Alliance Project, which aims to foster new technology-policy coordination among liberal democracies. MERICS offers a European perspective and engages stakeholders from Europe’s public sector, industry, and academia. Find more information here.

Since 2018, MERICS has been a partner of the Centre for Strategic & International Study (CSIS) in the Allied Economic Forum.

In the past, MERICS worked with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) to evaluate China’s political influence in Europe. The final report is available here.

With the Institut Montaigne (IM), MERICS has in the past co-hosted a high-level Franco-German workshop on “Promoting a European China Policy”.

MERICS has been a regular contributor to the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and co-organizer of China-related side events.

Content partnerships

MERICS regularly features content of China File, The Diplomat and Young China Watchers on its website, while these partners also regularly cross-post MERICS content.

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