10th party dialogue between the Communist Party of China and the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag

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Following an invitation by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, members of the German Federal Parliament Manfred Grund, Axel Knörig, Thorsten Frei and Tankred Schipanski visited China from 01-05 February in order to implement the 10th party dialogue between the Communist Party of China and the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. The five-day program was divided into two key subjects and took place in Beijing and Guangdong Province.

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10th party dialogue between the Communist Party of China and the CDU-/CSU parliamentary group of the German Bundestag

Initially, conversations with high-ranking representatives of the Chinese government about the current situation of foreign and security policy in Germany and the People's Republic of China were carried out in Beijing. Against the background of the conflicts in Syria and recent terror attacks in Europe, Liu Haixing, Assistant Minister of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, emphasized the need of closer cooperation between China and Germany. At the same time he praised the already existing good relations in this area, which are expressed by the first “Chinese-German strategic foreign and security policy dialogue” in December 2015 and the upcoming “4th German-Chinese intergovernmental consultations” in June 2016. With regard to the fragile situation in Afghanistan both sides discussed further opportunities for action and the question if the smoldering conflict can be contained.

The first section of the party dialogue with the International Department of the CPC Central Committee dealt with foreign and security policy issues as well. The representatives of both countries agreed that the solution of regional conflicts and the fight against international terror can only succeed if joint efforts are made. Luan Jianzhang , deputy head of planning staff of the Central Committee’s International Department, noted that Germany and China are in a community of fate in regard to those problems. Manfred Grund, the parliamentary secretary of the CDU/CSU group and head of the German delegation, added that nowadays only few conflicts can be solved within a national framework and international discourses are necessary to achieve satisfying results. Global challenges like the refugee crisis must be met with an enhanced networked approach within the European Union and between the EU and China, said Thorsten Frei in his speech.

The second part of the party dialogue led the parliamentarians to Jieyang, Guangdong Province. Main focuses here were conversations about the strategic linking of future projects “Industry 4.0” and “Made in China 2025”. After a briefing about recent trends and scenarios in the German debate regarding “Digitalization of industry, economy and labour” by Axel Knörig, Tankred Schipanski explained the German platform “Industry 4.0” and points of reference for German-Chinese relations. The “Sino-German Metal Eco City” located in Jieyang was introduced by Yan Zhichan, party secretary of the Communist Party in Jieyang and chairman of Jieyang People's Congress, as an example for the good cooperation of both countries in the industrial sector. The highlight of the delegation trip was a meeting with the party secretary of Guangdong and member of the Politburo of CPC, Hu Chunhua, in Guangzhou. He expressed his satisfaction about the successful implementation of the 10th party dialogue and encouraged further discourses and exchange forums between the CPC and the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in China as well as in Germany in order to sustainably deepen the sino-German relationship and jointly address regional and global challenges.

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China, February 9, 2016