Minister Müller in China

New partnership with China for innovation and sustainable development

Minister Gerd Müller leaves for talks in Beijing and Shanghai on 23 and 24 October

Development Minister Müller giving a speech at the China International Development Research Network in Beijing.

22.10.2014 |

Berlin / Beijing – Development Minister Müller will be visiting Beijing and Shanghai for two days to discuss how Germany and China can work together more closely on responding to challenges for the world's future. On Thursday, Müller will be meeting his Chinese counterpart, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng. Just two weeks ago in Berlin, at the Sino-German consultations, the two ministers had signed an agreement for a new Sino-German partnership on global challenges.

Minister Müller said, "Traditional development cooperation with China is being phased out. China has achieved remarkable economic development. So environmental and social issues are becoming more and more important with a view to sustainable development. This is an area in which we want to work closely with China and explore new innovative partnerships in the areas of climate action, environmental and energy technology, and also food security. We will either resolve the challenges for our global future together, or we will not resolve them at all."

On Thursday afternoon, Minister Müller will thus give a speech, at the invitation of the China International Development Research Network, before former holders of scholarships from the German political foundations. His speech will focus on Germany and China partnering for sustainable development in the world.

On Friday, just one week after setting up a Textiles Alliance in Berlin, the Minister will be meeting with Chinese businesspeople from the textiles sector in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. That meeting will focus, among other things, on social and environmental standards in Chinese production. The Minister also plans to visit a textiles factory.

The textiles industry plays an important role in China's economy. In the past three decades, China has become the world's biggest producer and exporter of textiles and garments. One third of the global textiles production, almost 40 per cent of all garments and nearly two thirds of all leather and shoe products come from China.

At the end of his visit, Minister Müller will have a meeting on Friday evening with German business representatives in Shanghai.

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