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China – a partner and competitor

For many German companies, China is one of the most important markets worldwide. Conversely, Germany is the rising Asian superpower’s biggest trading partner in Europe. Relations between the two countries with their very different economic systems are marked by the push-and-pull of partnership and competition.

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Strengthen the European Union to better compete with China


The European Union and Germany both face growing challenges posed by China and its state-led economy. Although China remains an important partner, it has at the same time become a systemic competitor, said BDI President Kempf on the occasion of the presentation of a new policy paper on China.

World Trade

“We urgently need a new government”

- The BDI expects a GDP increase of 2.25 percent in 2018. 2018 must be a year of action, BDI President Dieter Kempf said. A future federal government will have to spend money in areas where there are increasing opportunities for growth, where jobs can be secured and new ones created. more
World Trade

China: More market, less state intervention

- German companies are unhappy about high market access barriers in China. Lower restrictions could appease critics in Europe, BDI President Dieter Kempf declared ahead of the Chinese Communist Party Congress. more

EU anti-dumping measures must comply with WTO regulations

- Stefan Mair welcomes the informal agreement between the European Commission, Parliament and Council (trialogue) on reforming the EU's trade defence instruments. This is an important step to address the legal proceedings China has initiated against the EU before the WTO. However, the BDI strongly... more
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Robust Economy no Cause for Complacency

- Despite the uncertainties coming from the USA and Brexit it is necessary to prepare the German economy for future success, BDI President Dieter Kempf said. more
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BDI representative office opens in Beijing

- As part of its internationalisation strategy, the BDI has opened a representative office in Beijing. President Grillo wants to intensify cooperation with Chinese politics and industry on location. more