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CHINA TIME 2016 brings "secret sounds“ to Hamburg

Chinese culture and economic facts on agenda in run-up to key German-Chinese economic summit

Hamburg will be showcasing its Chinese side for the sixth time from Monday (November 7 to 25, 2016) when “secret sounds“ gets underway as part of CHINA TIME. The biennial series of events is the largest of its kind in Germany. Concerts will be held in resonanzraum St. Pauli, the Monkeys Music Club and the Laeiszhalle. Around 160 events with a Chinese flair have been scheduled such as exhibitions, lectures, discussions, book readings, theatre plays, films and culinary events.

German labour law and Chinese innovation policy

Several associations, initiatives, universities and firms in Hamburg focus on China. They will present their expertise in commercial issues, law and politics, knowledge of healing and movement art over the next three weeks. Keynote speeches will give visitors insight into aspects of the German and Chinese economies, market management in China and the essence of Germany’s “Industry 4.0” strategy. The Economic Authority is organising a speech on Chinese innovation policy and the opportunities offered to firms in Hamburg. Legal experts will explain German labour law. During a workshop on Hong Kong, government representatives and experts from Hong Kong, Germany and China will explain how firms can use the city’s economic advantages to work successfully in China.

Forum on expanding German-Chinese relations

CHINA TIME is part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the twinning with Shanghai. On November 23, the Chamber of Commerce will host the Hamburg Summit:China meets Europe which will be opened by former German chancellor Gerhard Schroder. He noted. “It is an honour for me to succeed Helmut Schmidt as Honorary Chairman of the ‘Hamburg Summit’. This forum makes an important contribution towards expanding and deepening Chinese-German and Chinese-European relations. Both countries are linked by a decades-long, reliable partnership based on mutual respect.” The summit was founded to promote dialogue between Europe and China to improve economic relations and mutual understanding.

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