Welcome to my website!
I am a Senior Research Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) (on leave until 31 July 2024) working on China's foreign and technology policy, EU-China relations, German China policy, the politicization of technical standardization, and Hong Kong affairs. Since 1 November 2023, I am seconded to the European Commission working at IDEA, the advisory of the President, as a China Fellow. I remain an associate research fellow with my previous employer, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). I am also an appointed observer to the European Commission's High-level Forum on European Standardisation. Thanks a lot for your interest in my work. You can also find and follow me on Bluesky and X (formerly Twitter).
Personal news: Joining the European Commission from 1 November for a nine-month "China Fellowship"
From 1 November 2023, I seconded to the European Commission. I am joining IDEA, the advisory hub reporting to the President of the European Commission.
Out now: The Sources of China's Innovativeness. Why China's "Unstoppable" Innovation Powerhouse Might Falter
Only a few years ago, many believed that China was a copycat incapable of innovation. Today, China is an innovation powerhouse. What have we missed? Will China remain innovative? What should the West do about it?
Two new papers: German public opinion on China & European public opinion on 5G cooperation with China
Germans view China skeptically, but are concerned that the country cannot efford de-risking from the PRC. European views on cooperating with China on 5G shows equal skepticism – mostly for political reasons. Find out more.
New documentary: How should Germany deal with its dependencies from China?
German public television ZDF has aired a new documentary discussing Germany's dependencies from China. I have had the honor to feature in the film with some comments.
One month in Ukraine: a field report from a country at war
One month ago, I left Berlin to volunteer in Ukraine – for the third time since the full-scale invasion began. What is it like to be in Ukraine? How do Ukrainians cope with the war? What can we do to help defeat Russia?
Monograph: China's Foreign Policy Contradictions
My book "China's Foreign Policy Contradictions" is published by Oxford University Press! Read the blurb and join one of the book launches!
Digital Power China (DPC)
How can the EU achieve Strategic Autonomy in emerging and foundational technologies from China? The Digital Power China consortium provides valuable insights.
Testimony to the US-China Economic Security Review Commission of the US Congress
On 15 June 2023, I have had the honor to testify to the US-China Economic Security Review Commission of the US Congress. I spoke about transatlantic cooperation to meet China's growing influence on technical standardization.
Read my report on Chinese tech standardization: "The Shape of Things to Come: The Race to Control Technical Standardisation" (2021) jointly published by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China & The Swedish Institute of International Affairs
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, partnering with the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, published my comprehensive study "The Shape of Things to Come: The Race to Control Technical Standardisation".
Expert hearing at the German parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on technical standardization
In June 2021, I have testified as an expert to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German parliament (Bundestag) discussing China's technical standardization power.