A Webinar on the Future of China-EU Economic Relations

July 25 , 2022

On July 25, 2022, CCG and Mercedes-Benz jointly hosted a webinar focusing on China-EU business and trade relations within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Representatives from Mercedes-Benz and CCG took part in the closed-door meeting for in-depth discussion and exchange on important issues such as the impacts from the Russian-Ukraine war and COVID on bilateral trade relations, China’s carbon neutrality policy and the global geopolitical trends as well as how to strengthen international economic and trade cooperation.

Dr. Henry Wang Huiyao, Chairman of CCG, delivered an opening speech at the event. Leng Yan, Executive Vice President of Daimler Greater China, presided over the meeting. Invited panel speakers, i.e. Eckart von Klaeden, Vice President for External Affairs with Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Victor Gao, CCG Vice President, He Weiwen, CCG Senior Fellow and former Commercial Counselor at Chinese Consulate-General in New York and San Francisco, Jürgen W. Müller, Chief Economist with Mercedes-Benz Group AG, and Sun Yongfu, CCG Senior Fellow and former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of European Affairs, shared from their perspectives their views and in-depth analysis the above mentioned topics, while a group of invited researchers and corporate executives participated in floor discussions.

As the leading Chinese think-tank CCG focuses among others on policy researches on globalization, global governance, international trade and investments. This webinar, jointly organized with Mercedes-Benz, is part of CCG activities to enhance exchange of views between senior think tank researchers and business executives, prepare policy recommendations for the interest of promoting China’s economic and trade cooperation with Europe.

Mercedes Benz Group AG, with its headquarter in Stuttgart, Germany, is the leading luxury car manufacturer in the world. It has two independent business divisions: Mercedes-Benz AG, which is responsible for passenger cars and vans; and Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG, which is responsible for financial and innovative mobility services. Mercedes-Benz is currently shifting the strategic focus from electric-first to electric-only, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality for its new car fleets by 2039 based on whole life cycle approach according to its 2039 ambition.


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