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CHINA TIME 2014: Reflecting Bilateral Ties in Legal and Economic Spheres

Panel discussions, lectures, and films shed light on the past, present and future of economic relations. 10. Hamburg China Business Night to enhance bilateral contacts

Twelve years ago, in 2002, the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg launched a comprehensive China initiativ with the objective to further strengthen and expand relations with China. Since 1988, Hamburg has been hosting China weeks. Newly designed as CHINA TIME in 2006, Germany’s biggest Far East festival has been showcasing all the wealth of connections between Hamburg and China. Economic and legal issues form a key focus.

The many facets of economic co-operation

At yesterday’s 157th Bergedorf Round Table by Körber Forum, Amrita Narlikar, President of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, and Zhang Qingmin, Professor of International Relations at Peking University, discussed China and India as emerging global trading powers in international focus and demanded both countries to take more responsibility for development and energy, fragile states and maritime security. Business opportunities for Hamburg’s economy offered by China’s health reform will be displayed and discussed on Wednesday, 12 November 2014, by the Hamburg Liaison Office Shanghai that invited several experts for the event at the Hamburg Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation. Insights into the Chinese inbound tourism market after Germany and Hamburg will be presented on Friday 14 November 2014 by an informative trade movie.

A new dream team?

Whether Germany and China are the new “Dream Team“is the question clarified on 20 November 2014 at the Asia-Africa Institute. High-profile members of the round table talk will included Prof Sebastian Heilmann, Director of Mercator Institute for China Studies (Merics) in Berlin and professor of politics and business of China at the University of Trier, Corinna Nienstedt, executive director of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Dr Nele Nosselt, research assistant at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies with a focus on China’s foreign policy, as well as Dr Margot Schüller, research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies with a focus on China’s economy.. The evening will be moderated by Prof Bernd Eberstein, sinologist at the Asia-Africa Institute of the University of Hamburg.

Legal issues in trade with China

On Wednesday, 19 November 2014, attorneys from Germany and China are invited by the international law firm DLA Piper to discuss latest developments in cross-border projects with China, especially in view of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, and requirements for the approval process in domestic and foreign investments in China report, during a business lunch. After introductory lectures, time will be provided for discussion and exchange.

10th Hamburg-China Business Night

Also on Wednesday, 19 November 2014, the 10th Hamburg-China Business Night will offer the opportunity to expand one’s own German-Chinese Business Network. Invited are numerous Chinese and German personalities from business, culture and politics. The Get-Together in in Hamburg’s Chinese teahouse Yu Garden is organised by Mussenbrock & Wang in co-operation with the Confucius Institute and the University of Hamburg Marketing GmbH.

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Since the beginning of the partnership with Shanghai in 1986, Hamburg has been maintaining its own branch in its sister city. The Hamburg Liaison Office Shanghai acts as gateway for Chinese to Europe and for Europeans to China. As an official representative of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the office in the Chinese port city promotes the bilateral economic growth through networking and new contacts. Activities cover a wide range of topics from port, logistics, tourism, culture and sports to city planning, architecture and the environment.

Also in legal matters, contacts are close. On the banks of the Elbe river, German, European, and Chinese companies will find numerous law firms specialised on China. Of special significance is the German-Chinese Dialogue on the Rule of Law. Led by the University of Hamburg, the China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law (CESL) was founded in October 2008 as the country’s only law school which approved by the Ministry of Education under the “Sino-foreign Schools Agreement.” At the new Elite University in Beijing, somw 25 professors of the University of Hamburg, the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, and Hamburg’s Bucerius Law School are currently offering tuition, thus significantly shaping the image of Germany and the understanding of future Chinese decision-makers in legal matters. Hamburger lawyers and legal institutions are also involved in the German-Chinese Rule of Law Dialogue, which was held in Hamburg in 2005.

Also, environmental protection and sustainable development in China are on the rise. Calls for high environmental standards in urban development projects are increasing. But, alas, the necessary qualification is still limited with some Chinese companies. Thus, the competence centre “Sustainable China” was newly founded in 2010 as a an information platform and advisory centre, promoting Hamburg’s competence in the environmental in China. It allows small and medium-sized companies of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region of Hamburg to showcased their expertise in environmental technology, green building and sustainable business in the Chinese market.

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