SPD Economic Forum Delegation visits CCG

April 08 , 2024

On April 8, 2024, on the eve of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to China, a German delegation from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Economic Forum visited the headquarters of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in Beijing where they engaged in discussion and exchange with CCG experts and scholars on Sino-German economic and trade relations.


During the meeting, CCG Vice President and Senior Research Fellow Mike Liu extended a warm welcome to the visitors. Yongfu Sun, CCG non-resident Senior Fellow and former Director-General for Europe at China’s Ministry of Commerce, made introductory remarks, after which both parties engaged in in-depth discussions on topics such as the prospects of Sino-German and Sino-European economic and trade relations, as well as opportunities and challenges for cooperation. The SPD Economic Forum delegation is headed by Matthias Machnig, Former State Secretary and Minister.


The members of the German delegation attending this meeting included:

Matthias Machnig, Former State Secretary and Minister, and Vice President of the SPD Economic Forum, Heiko Kretschmer, Treasurer of the SPD Economic Forum, Dr. Frank Wilhelmy, Managing Director of the SPD Economic Forum, Monika Griefahn, CEO of the Institute for Media Environment Culture, Former Minister and Former Member of the German Parliament, Boris von Chlebowski, Member of the Management Board at Accenture Germany, Christian Clarus, Director for Global Government Affairs at B. Braun SE, Thomas Schwarz, Head of Government Affairs in Berlin for AUDI AG, Norbert Theihs, Managing Director, Association of the Chemical Industry in Germany, Dr. Margarita Mathiopoulos, Founder/CEO, ASPIDE Technology, Famke Krumbmüller, Associate Partner, EMEIA Leader, EY Geostrategy, Carl Heinrich Bruhn, CEO, CHB Holdings, Dr. Matthias W. Send, General Manager, Head of Public Affairs Entega AG, Alexander Paul Otto, Managing Director, FGS Global (Europe) GmbH, Dr. Daniel Wixforth, Managing Partner, 365 Sherpas GmbH, Constantin Marquardt, Director Agricultural Policy, Bayer AG, Christian Poppe, Director Global Public Affairs & Sustainability, Formo Bio GmbH, Sascha Novoselic, Public Affairs Manager, Huawei Technologies Deutschland GmbH, Laila Linke, Desk officer for economic policy, Economic Forum of the SPD, Fritjof Rindermann, Desk officer for economic policy, Economic Forum of the SPD, Linh Wedel, Assistant to the Management, Economic Forum of the SPD.

SUN Yongfu, Non-resident Senior Fellow of CCG and Director of the European Department of the Ministry of Commerce; LI Ye, Vice President, Head of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations, Merck Holding (China) Ltd and Vice Chair of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment (CAEFI); Carol Liu, VP of Healthcare Affairs and Market Access, Boehringer-Ingelheim TCM; JIN Hui, Dean of the Beijing Borui Open Policy Research Institute and Specially and Invited Expert of the Beijing “Two Zones” Leading Group Office; ZHANG Wei, Deputy Secretary-General of CCG and Senior Research Fellow; Dr. Ann Tang, Deputy Secretary-General of CCG and Director of Global Initiatives; WANG Zichen, Research Fellow and Director of International Communication of CCG; HOU Shaoli, Associate Director of Global Enterprise Research of CCG, participated in this seminar.

As China’s leading non-governmental think tank, CCG has long maintained continuous exchanges with individuals from various sectors in Germany over the years.

On February 17, 2024, CCG convened a side event within the 60th Munich Security Conference 2024 and. On November 16, 2023, CCG President Dr. Henry Huiyao Wang was invited to take part in a panel discussion titled “Interdependencies in the global economy of the Congress | Strategic partnerships in the Indo-Pacific: reducing dependencies, expanding trade, implementing the China strategy” by the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. The panel was preceded by a Welcome & Introduction by Friedrich Merz, Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, a speech by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and a conversation between von der Leyen and Jens Spahn MP, Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag.

On November 18, 2023, Henry Huiyao Wang and CCG Secretary-General Miao Lu visited the Korber Foundation in Germany.

On April 17, 2024, CCG President Dr. Wang Huiyao will be in Berlin speaking at The Berlin Moot hosted by the Berghof Foundation.