Dr. Annette Tabbara, State Councillor and Hamburg’s representative towards the German government, the European Union and for Foreign Affairs, embarked Wednesday on a seven-day (October 31 to November 6, 2018) visit to China that will take her to Beijing and Shanghai. Hamburg has close relations with China through the Shanghai-Hamburg city partnership. More than 650 Hamburg companies including many SMEs maintain business relations with China. The Port of Hamburg handles more than half of Germany’s foreign trade with China. Tabbara hopes to revive the city’s partnership with Shanghai and to promote Hamburg across China.
Over 500 Chinese firms in Hanse city
Tabbara remarked: “Hamburg has had very close ties with China for a long time. Our port plays a central role in European-Chinese trade, and China is by far our most important partner country in port handling. Hamburg is one of the leading locations for Chinese companies in Europe with over 500 Chinese companies. More than 650 Hamburg companies maintain business relations with China. We have been cultivating connections and co-operations with our twin city Shanghai in business, science, education and culture for almost 33 years. During my talks in Beijing, I would like to position Hamburg with its important functions in trade between China and Europe, as the central end and junction of the ‘New Silk Road’. Together with our partners in Shanghai, I will discuss new ideas for projects within the framework of the town twinning.”
Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe
Tabbara will meet representatives of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Shanghai City Council, think tanks, Hanseatic companies in China and the International Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. Talks on Hamburg’s role in the “Belt and Road Strategy” (New Silk Road), co-operation in digitalisation and projects as part of city twinning will top the agenda. Tabbara will also promote the key European-Chinese economic conference Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe. Held every two years by Hamburg’s Chamber of Commerce, the next summit gets underway from November 26-27, 2018.