On Monday, 22 March 2021, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has formally announced that China has imposed sanctions on ten European individuals and four European institutions. These sanctions also target the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). MERICS very much regrets this decision and rejects the allegations. As an independent research institute, we are dedicated to foster a better and more differentiated understanding of China. We will continue to pursue this mission by presenting fact-based analysis, also with the aim of creating opportunities for exchanges and dialogue – even in difficult times.