Source: Taihe Institute Observer

Whether China should become a democracy was long debated in China itself. Liberalism, which dominates but is increasingly cast into doubt within Western democracies themselves, has also been instrumental in China’s own modernization and reform. Yet, China has never taken liberalism and democracy as an end for itself or as…


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The existing global structure has reached its limitations failing to provide sufficient inclusive and sustainable growth. The emphasis on national or regional sovereignty and self-identity has been the primary response towards the disruptions that the previous phase of globalization has caused. The disrupting forces have been global, while responses, which…


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Abstract: The paper analyzes Europe’s digital sovereignty strategy, which manifests not only as a matter of promoting a data economy and preventing data market failures, but also as geopolitical competition and strategic cooperation. The paper addresses Europe’s attempt to bridge its digital competitiveness gap with her focus on industrial data…


This policy brief proposes a “Group of Twenty (G20) coordinating committee for the governance of artificial intelligence” (CCGAI) to plan and coordinate on a multilateral level the mitigation of AI risks. The G20 is the appropriate regime complex for such a metagovernance mechanism, given the involvement of the largest economies…


Technology has always been used for good or for harm, and it has fundamentally changed human relations by either extending or constraining both power and opportunity. Today, the discourse on widespread digitalization and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) amplifies both of these ethical dimensions. On the upside, AI is…


Note: This essay (Chinese version) is an extended and revised version of a speech given at the European Parliament during a public debate on 5G, cybersecurity, and trade disputes on 16. October 2019.

Since July 2018, the United States wages a unilateral trade war against China. The current truce and…


Our 4th Taihe Civilizations Forum is in full swing following no goal other than contributing to a reopening of meaningful channels of dialogue and action between the US and China, which have dried out. A war of words, military movements and cyberattacks have become the most visible and dangerous sign…


The 2015 Paris Agreement was an historical moment: almost all member states set aside their differences and agreed that collective action was urgently needed to prevent earth from reaching 2 °C above the temperature of preindustrial times. Almost all parties turned into a community of shared purpose and destiny. …

Thorsten Jelinek

Passionate about digital, governance, ethics, artificial intelligence, sustainability, connectivity and China

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