China German cooperation with China
Over the past few years, the significance of the People's Republic of China as a global political player has increased a great deal. Whatever challenges of global significance there may be, whether environmental and climate protection, the stability of the international economic and financial system, or the future development of the countries of Africa – today, none of them can be met without China's involvement.
China's role in the sphere of development cooperation, too, has changed – from a recipient of Western aid to an important donor country and driver of innovation for nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In the view of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), China's new role offers great opportunities and potential for global development, provided that China takes account of sustainability issues and partner countries' debt sustainability in its international activities, for example in Africa. China can make a key contribution to the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and it can open up new opportunities in this regard. In that context, it will be important to engage even more with China so as to include it in the resolution of global development challenges and in international systems of responsibility.
In view of this, the BMZ entered into a strategic partnership for development cooperation with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce as early as in 2010. In 2016, China and Germany agreed to establish a Sino-German Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), which was officially opened in Beijing in May 2017 by the then Minister Gerd Müller and Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan. Its purpose is to foster dialogue on development policy, especially with a view to implementing the 2030 Agenda; to help improve mutual understanding; and to develop answers to fundamental questions in the field of development policy.
Another task of the Center is to prepare development projects in and with third countries and to support their implementation through trilateral, regional or global cooperation. The CSD is also active in the field of cooperation with the private sector. It thus provides a platform for the development of common standards for sustainable economic activities.