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In late October, China's leaders have formulated their policy priorities for the coming five years as well as a couple of long-range objectives for 2035. While the 14th Five Year Plan will be adopted in March 2021 only, it is already clear that innovation, the promotion of technological independence and the strengthening of domestic consumption will play a major role. With the Chinese market playing an ever bigger role for the more than 5000 German companies in China as well as for many German exporters, we want to provide a first insight what to expect.

As the saying goes: If you know your way, you do not have to decide anew at every crossroads. In order to help you define your way before the new year 2021 starts, the German Chamber of Commerce in China (AHK), together with the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) have invited three distinguished speakers for a one-hour discussion on China's plans for the future and possible implications for German companies.

Tune in on December 15 at 4 p.m. (China afternoon tea time) respectively 9 a.m. (German breakfast coffee time) to listen to and ask questions to Mikko Huotari, Director and Max Zenglein, Chief Economist from the renowned Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). Noah Barkin, Managing Editor at Rhodium Group and Senior Visiting Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) will add spice to the discussion be commenting from a US-American perspective. Dr. Volker Treier, Member of the Executive Board of DIHK and Chief Executive of Foreign Trade will moderate the discussion.

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We look forward to welcoming you on December 15 for an insightful hour on the future of German-Chinese business relations.


  • Noah Barki

    Noah Barki


    Noah Barkin is a Managing Editor with Rhodium Group's China practice. Noah coordinates Rhodium’s editorial and strategic outreach work on China and contributes to the firm’s research on Europe-China relations, transatlantic China policy and emerging technologies. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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  • Mikko Huotari

    Mikko Huotari


    Mikko Huotari is the Executive Director of the Mercator Institute for China Studies, MERICS. His research focuses on China’s foreign policy, China-Europe relations and global (economic) governance and competition. He has published on China’s rise as a financial power, trade and investment relations with Europe as well as on geopolitical shifts related to China's emergence as a global security actor.

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  • Dr. Volker Treier (Moderation)

    Dr. Volker Treier (Moderation)


    Dr. Volker Treier is Member of the Executive Board of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in Berlin. As the Chief Executive of Foreign Trade he is responsible for International and European Economic Affairs, the network of bi-national German Chambers, Delegations and Representations of German Industry and Commerce (AHKs) in 92 countries worldwide.

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  • Max J. Zenglein

    Max J. Zenglein


    Max J. Zenglein is Chief Economist of MERICS. His research focuses on China’s macroeconomic development, international trade and industrial policies.

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Since its founding in 2013, the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) has become one of the most important European institutions for questions about today's China.

With some 20 experts covering various disciplines, MERICS is the largest independent research institute focusing on contemporary China in Europe. Experts from seven European countries, China, Singapore, Australia and the United States analyse China's political, economic and social developments and their consequences for Europe. 


About Rhodium Group

Rhodium Group is a leading independent research provider that has for decades been combining economic data analytics and policy insight to help decision-makers in both the public and private sectors understand global trends.

In addition to its stand-alone analysis, the Group maintains long-standing collaborations with leading think-tanks and universities in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Key areas of Rhodium expertise include Chinese economic, social and political development, energy and climate change, India's emergence as a global player and advanced economy restructuring.


For registration and other questions

Please kindly email events@bj.china.ahk.de for the registration link.

For other questions, please contact:

Ms. Jessica Huang (in China), e-mail: huang.jessica@bj.china.ahk.de

Ms. Nele Wimmer (in Germany), e-mail: wimmer.nele@dihk.de


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