The seventh “Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe” will be held from September 14-16 at the Chamber of Commerce. And the chamber is expecting a deputy prime minister as an honorary guest of the Chinese government and high-ranking representatives of the EU and German government at the Chinese-European economic summit. Delegations of companies, the China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE) as well as the China Association of Trade in Services (CATIS) will also attend the summit.
The event is targeting mainly firms who are interested in political and economic developments in China and who seek to expand their networks in the region. The Chinese president’s “New Silk Road” initiative, growing internationalisation of the Chinese currency, investment flows between the EU and China as well as digitalisation in economies in Europe and China will be the main topics during discussions and keynote talks.
Apart from Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, and Fritz Horst Melsheimer, President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, many international speakers including Li Yizhong, Chairman of CFIE and Michael Lawrence, Managing Director of the Asia House in London, are expected.
Hamburg is China’s trade hub in Europe
For China, Hamburg is a gate to Europe. More than half of German foreign trade with China occurs via the port of Hamburg. Over 550 Chinese firms have branches in the city – more than in any other European metropolis. And over 600 Hamburg-based companies do business with China and manage their Chinese imports and exports for Europe from the Hanseatic city. Since 1986, Hamburg has been twinned with Shanghai.
The “Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe” has become one of the most important Sino-European conferences since it was launched in 2014. Then the conference attracted over 600 delegates and a visit by the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was one of the highlights.