All articles by Nico Beckert

Companies continue to invest in China despite risks
German companies are some of the biggest investors in China. Some are spending tens of billions on new projects. Analysts warn of increasing risks. But for the big players, growth in China is still just too tempting. Meanwhile, the Chinese sites of German companies continue to decouple themselves from the rest of the world. continue reading →
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IW: dependence on China – ‘full steam ahead in the wrong direction’
Despite the debate about Germany’s economic dependence on China, the trend actually intensified in the first half of the year. “German direct investment flows to China have never been so high,” according to a study by the Institute of the German Economy (IW), which was obtained by Reuters. Imports from the People’s Republic and Germany’s trade deficit […] continue reading →
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Freighters find ways around Chinese maneuvers
China's military exercises have also affected some of the world's most important trade routes. Taiwan's authorities have urged ship captains to avoid the zones. However, analysts say there will only be a potential impact on global supply chains if the military drills are extended or prolonged. continue reading →
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Dependencies lead to turning point for China business
Strong economic dependencies are dangerous. This is currently demonstrated by the shortage of Russian gas. But Germany's economic dependencies on China are much larger. Many companies, as well as the German government, are now rethinking their China strategy. It could be the beginning of a turning point. continue reading →
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Germany remains dependent on Chinese raw materials
German imports of raw materials from the People's Republic have not declined – despite appeals to reduce dependencies. It is difficult to turn away as long as prices are low and trade relations are reliable. Comparisons with Russian gas come to mind. continue reading →
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G7: China should increase pressure on Russia
The G7 countries have called on China to urge Russia to end its invasion of Ukraine. Beijing should put pressure on Moscow to withdraw troops from Ukraine immediately and without conditions, the G7 reported. In the G7 Leaders’ Communiqué of the three-day summit, the G7 countries also expressed concern about the situation in the East […] continue reading →
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Wind energy: Chinese competition growing
After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the EU wants to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies. But Europe's wind energy industry is in crisis, with Chinese suppliers now pushing into the market. Is there a threat of another debacle like the one in the solar industry? continue reading →
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China resells US gas to Europe
China has supplied liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Europe. Unipec, the trading arm of China’s state-owned oil and gas company Sinopec, resold three shipments to ports in Europe and turned a profit, Bloomberg reports. The resale of gas to Europe reveals the impact of high energy prices on global trade flows. […] continue reading →
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Energy: Is China profiting from Russia’s war?
Russia's invasion of Ukraine also affects China's energy policy. In the short term, China could increase its imports of Russian coal and gas. But the People's Republic will not allow itself to become dependent on Russia – because China is striving for energy security, as the National People's Congress once again illustrated. continue reading →
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Energy transition: from Russian to Chinese dependence
Putin's war against Ukraine is sending shock waves through German politics. Certainties such as secure energy supply are being called into question. After all, Germany is dependent on Russian gas. Now, the energy transition is to be accelerated. But new dependencies are looming – on China. continue reading →
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Hope for climate-neutral energy from nuclear fusion
European researchers are still leading the way in nuclear fusion. But European scientists complain about a lack of funds and bureaucratic hurdles. Meanwhile, China is making considerable progress - thanks in part to foreign support. continue reading →
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German solar plans could be thwarted by Xinjiang supply stop
A contradiction is emerging between two green pet projects. The new government wants to expand solar energy on the one hand and enforce human rights in global supply chains on the other. But the solar supply chain is dominated by China. And forced labor appears to be occurring in Xinjiang in the production of the raw material for solar panels. Trade sanctions will hardly solve the problem. continue reading →
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How ambitious are China’s climate targets?
On an international level, China is regarded as a brake on climate protection. Yet the goal of reducing its emissions to "net-zero" within just under 40 years presents the country with massive economic and social challenges. continue reading →
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