Maximilian Ernst completes virtual research fellowship on Chinese economic coercion in the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe

From October to December 2020, IES researcher Maximilian Ernst was invited as research fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). His research explored Chinese economic coercion in the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe and proposed avenues for transatlantic cooperation. Although the fellowship was done virtually due to the global pandemic, Maximilian was able to make use of AICGS’ tremendous policy expertise and network in Washington’s academic and policy circles and received useful insights and feedback during exchanges and interviews with experts on transatlantic affairs and U.S. China policy. Maximilian presented his research during a webinar entitled 'How to Respond to China’s Carrots and Sticks? Prospects of a Transatlantic Response to Chinese Economic Coercion' (click here to view the recording), which provoked a lively discussion among a professionally and regionally diverse audience. Maximilian furthermore published the essay 'Double Down on Liberalism: A Transatlantic Response to Chinese Economic Coercion', in which he proposes specific avenues for transatlantic cooperation on China, which include a blocking statute, trade remedies, as well as increased cooperation with China in non-critical industries or where China does not possess supply-chain dominance.