My research engages with China’s approach to international relations. In my investigations of Chinese foreign policymaking, I am particularly interested in the structures of the Chinese party-state and the political economy as well as how domestic debates shape China’s foreign relations. Another focus of my work is the impact of industrial and economic reforms in general and high technology in particular for Chinese foreign policy.

As a European, I have a particular interest in the implications of Chinese policies for Europe and EU relations with the People’s Republic. I am actively engaged in two pan-European research networks: the China in Europe Research Network (CHERN) and the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC).

Most of my analysis is policy-oriented. However, I continue to have an active interest in academic research as well.

In all of my projects, I adopt an anthropological approach, i.e. I aim to understand the dynamic processes of Chinese foreign affairs and its implications for Europe by following, talking to and investigating the institutions and people that shape policymaking. This includes conducting a multitude of ethnographic interviews and background talks.

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