Discussions on International Cooperation

How Germany sees China – partner or competitor?

China – the land of smiles, the Red Emperor, Confucius and Mao Tse-tung. China – the land of rice terraces, high-speed trains and the internet. China – the land of economic growth, artificial intelligence and nuclear power. China – the land of effective poverty reduction, social inequality, Buddhist monasteries and shadow boxing. China – the land of exports and state capitalism. China – the Middle Kingdom.

The ways that Germany sees China are as diverse and heterogeneous as the country itself and have changed time and time again over the years. The political rapprochement between the two countries has played a huge role in developing a common understanding. Today, China is valued as a partner, recognised as a role model and feared as a competitor.

The country’s sheer size and cultural diversity make it difficult to clearly categorise, and the rapid pace of change in the country and its society means that different phases of development are all happening at once. China’s rapid rise as an economic powerhouse is challenging Europe’s role. Global power relations are changing. How are politicians reacting to this mixed bag of developments? What new partnerships are emerging for international cooperation and how can reflecting on China contribute to a more nuanced view of the country?

We are looking forward to discussing these questions and more with Dr Daniela de Ridder, Member of the German Bundestag and Deputy Chair of the Committee of Foreign Affairs; Frank Sieren, journalist and author; and Dr Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board. The guest speaker will be Prof. Klaus Mühlhahn, Professor of Chinese History and Culture and Vice President of the Freie Universität Berlin.

Venue and date

GIZ Berlin Representation
Reichpietschufer 20
10785 Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm


Please e-mail GespraechezurIZ@giz.de for registration.

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