Exchange on an equal footing
Germans and Chinese are ideal partners
Since I first visited China at the end of the 80s, the world across there has changed enormously. From a country of “blue ants”, the self-assured “Middle Kingdom” has evolved – a nation now striving to lead the world economy.
In terms of gross national product, China will soon overtake the EU and draw level with the economic output of the USA.
China is the current world leader with regard to economic growth, accounting for more than a third of global growth – almost twice as much as all the other industrial nations put together.
That said, the new force that China receives from companies in Germany and Europe is, as previously, underestimated.
Time and time again, I encounter companies which enter into negotiations totally convinced that their Chinese partner can still learn a lot from them. And vice versa?
The opportunity for German and European companies lies exactly here: Cooperation with China has to be more than just a one-sided transfer of knowledge from the West to the East.
Mutual enrichment is the aim. He who recognises this can grow with China.