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German city Dusseldorf forges closer ties with China [Xinhua]


Sin0-German relations first establised in Qing China in 1861 has seen many ups and downs, from carving out spheres of influence in the last pages of imperial China invading Qingdao to carving out the Jiaozhou Bay colony. Today, Germany is China’s biggest trading partner in Europe with trade volume in excess of US$100b annually. China’s soft power base continues to grow with the strategy of economic interdependence. For photos, go here (site is in German). 

‘Dusseldorf is home to more than 2,000 Chinese with above 300 China-funded businesses, such as Minmetals, Huawei and ZTE.’

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German city Dusseldorf forges closer ties with China
Editor: Tang Danlu
Source – Xinhua, published September 17, 2011

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — The western German city of Dusseldorf held its first-ever China Festival on Saturday right in front of the city hall, aiming to forge closer ties with China as it is a key destination for Chinese investment in Germany.

The festival, featuring kung fu shows, food tasting and booths for Chinese businesses in Germany, served to both entertain the public and facilitate business talks in the city, which is center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, a densely-populated industrial hub in Germany.

Dirk Elbers, mayor of Dusseldorf, said residents in the city have shown more interest in Chinese culture as more people take note of the huge potential of China with its growing economy.

He said the city plans to host China festivals regularly in the future and hoped that they could become a platform for communication and inspirations between the two peoples.

Rolland Klengs, 52, is a visitor at the festival. He said he was impressed by the tasty foods and wonderful shows. The only complaint he had was that he could not see the shows very well because of the crowds.

“Next year, they should move it to a bigger place,” he said.

As the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia State, Dusseldorf is home to more than 2,000 Chinese with above 300 China-funded businesses, such as Minmetals, Huawei and ZTE.

According to the mayor, Dusseldorf had attracted Chinese investors with its advantageous geographical location as center of the greater Rhine-Ruhr region, huge market, convenient air links, as well as the fact that it is a place for a large number of multi- national corporations to set up their headquarters.

Yan Jianxun, chairman of the Chinese Enterprises Association in Dusseldorf, said more Chinese businesses are interested in investing in Germany, with a few big ones making local acquisitions.

“Chinese enterprises are also more involved in corporate social responsibility, such as sponsoring public events and making our products more environmental friendly,” Yan added.

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