German-Chinese collaboration: an extraordinary success story

The Federal Republic of Germany and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in 1972. Since that time, both countries have been cultivating excellent political, economic and cultural relations.

Since 2004, the German-Chinese relations have been termed a “Strategic partnership with global responsibility” and have reached a new level through the establishment of annual government consultations. The last of these high-level consultations took place in Beijing in August 2012. Altogether, there are now more than 60 different dialogue forums, many of which are staged at a high government level.

There is also an active exchange of official, high-level visits between the two countries over and beyond the intergovernmental consultations. For instance, Prime Minister Li Keqiang already visited Germany during his first trip abroad in May 2013. On this occasion, he also inaugurated the German-Chinese Language Year together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The objective is to further promote the German language in China and the Chinese language in Germany.

What are the reasons for these outstanding bilateral relations? In Chinese consciousness, Germany is not burdened by a negative historical legacy in a similar way as, for example, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Japan or the United States. The fact that there are no historically conditioned prejudices against Germany in China is not the only reason for the high standing enjoyed by the Germans in the People’s Republic. Another important reason is the extremely good reputation of German industry. “Made in Germany” is synonymous with reliability, durability, and above all quality. Virtues such as hard work and discipline, regarded as typically German, are seen as the recipe for the country’s economic success.

The Deutsche Bank opened its first office in Shanghai more than 100 years ago and Siemens can also look back on a similarly long period of activity in China.

China has long gained a foothold in Frankfurt too. Guangzhou, the capital of the Chinese province of Guandong, has been its twin city since April 1988. Around 5,000 Chinese nationals live in the Main metropolis and more than 500 Chinese companies are resident in Frankfurt. 54 passenger aircraft take off to China from Frankfurt or land in Frankfurt from China every week; around 100,000 Chinese tourists visited the city during the past year. Also helpful for the reputation of the city of Frankfurt in China is the passion of the Chinese people for football: every single game of the German Bundesliga is broadcast in China.

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

Märkisches Ufer 54
10179 Berlin
+49 30 27 58 80

Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China

Mainzer Landstr. 175
60327 Frankfurt am Main
+49 (0)69 90734687

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Peking 17, Dong Zhi Men Wai Da Jie,
Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100600
+86 10 85 32 90 00

Consulate-General of the Federal Republic of Germany

Kanton 14th floor, Teem Tower,
208 Tianhe Road,
Tianhe District, Guangzhou – 510620
+86 20 83 13 00 00