ASEAN among Great Powers

Competing trade agreements and planned infrastructure investments are dilemmas that ASEAN can only successfully solve if they approach the challenges as group that lets go if its consensus decision-making and allows for countries´ flexible participation.

By Truong-Minh Vu

Perspectives Asia: Politics of Food

Food is a highly political issue. Nowhere is this more true than in Asia. This publication seeks to illustrate some conflicting issues in the field of food and nutrition. The contributions highlight a selection of fields, where political action is needed to ensure that there is enough food on people's plate, which is also healthy and nutritious.

China’s Brexit Dilemma

The UK’s divorce from the EU has diminished the hope of both the British and the Chinese in placing the UK as a spring board to the whole European market. Beijing is losing its newly acquired “best partner in the West”.

By Yu Jie

China: Black fuel, in the red

Change is under way for the world’s biggest coal consumer; consumption in 2014 was down. Renewables are up. Coal-fired power plants are working at less than full capacity. A chapter from the Coal Atlas.

By Arne Jungjohann

The Portrayal of China in German Media


With their presentation of specific topics and discourses, the media construct specific realities that shape a society’s images of other regions. This comprehensive study analyzes the portrayal of China in German media. Originally published in German, this summary summary shows the essential results.

Tibet moving on climate change threat

How exactly does global warming influence the permafrost and glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau - the Third Pole of the earth? What kind of measures are the local government and herders taking to deal with it? With these questions the Climate Change Journalists' Club organised for some journalists from Xinhua News Agency, Science and Technology Daily, China Youth Daily, China Daily, China News Week, Science Times and Caijing Magazine to travel to and report on Tibet during Sept. 9-17, 2008. This is the article published after the trip by By Sun Xiaohua in the China Daily.

The Political Economy of Boomerang Aid in China's Tibet

Since the mid-1990s, the Chinese government has channelled massive amounts of subsidies into Western China. While Tibetan areas have experienced some degree of economic development in the wake of this aid, it has mostly been Chinese-owned companies that have reaped the benefits, leaving the Tibetans behind. Andrew Martin Fischer argues that this ongoing economic disadvantage of Tibetans is one reason for tensions building up and finally been vented in 2008. By Andrew Fischer

Why China likes mega hydro projects

In August 2010, a deadly mudslide hit Zhuoqu County, a Tibetan area in Gansu Province, China, leaving behind a scene of destruction, more than 700 dead people and over 1000 people missing. Claude Arpi, an independent journalist and commentator of China-India-Tibet issues, connects this environmental disaster to the mega hydro projects in the area, and he warns that large-scale hydroelectric plant construction on the Tibetan Plateau will have far reaching consequences for South Asia. By Claude Arpi

Report on the 5th Sino-German Dialogue on Political and Social Transformation

Changsha, Hunan Province of China, 18-20 March 2010 - The Dialogue Forum was jointly organised by the China Center for Overseas Social and Philosophical Theories, Heinrich Böll Foundation China and Hunan University Law School. The report, written by Ralph Obermauer, a member of the German delegation, summarises his impressions of the forum's discussions.

Resource Governance: "China's quota system is transparent"

China is the world leader in exports of rare earths, which are mainly used for the production of hi-tech products. The Heinrich Böll Foundation talked with Dr. Zha Daojiong, a professor at the School of International Studies of Peking University, about the important raw materials and the role of China.