2015 “One Belt and One Road” Initiatives and Sino-German Cooperation Dialogue in New Era Held in Taicang

On Jun. 1st, “One Belt and One Road” Initiatives and Sino-German Cooperation Dialogue in New Era was held in Taicang, Jiangsu. It is co-hosted by China Economic Cooperation Center, RSBK and Siemens and organized by Taicang municipal Party committee, government and China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group. Zhou Li, Vice Minister of the International Department of CPC, Zhang Lei, Vice Governor of Jiangsu and Rudolf Scharping, former President of SPD addressed the opening ceremony and Hu Yanxin, President of China Economic Cooperation Center hosted the meeting. Over 120 Chinese and foreign guests from industrial and commercial sectors, think tanks and media attended the dialogue, marking the official launch of the platform of “One Belt and One Road” Business Dialogue built by China Economic Cooperation Center.


In his opening remarks, Vice Minister Zhou Li said that the world is undergoing profound changes during sluggish economic recovery. The major initiatives for cooperation, “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, proposed by President Xi Jinping, present countries along the road and belt with unprecedented opportunities for economic and social development. Whereas Chinese and German economies are highly complementary and share broad prospect for cooperation, the combination of Chinese market and German technology and integration of Chinese speed and German quality will further deepen Sino-German Partnership of Innovation. The dialogue, through leveraging inter-party exchanges, proves to be a useful attempt towards promoting China-Germany pragmatic cooperation and jointly building “One Belt and One Road”. He hoped that governments, business communities, think tanks and media of the two countries can join hands to create beneficial conditions for cooperation in the new age.

      Vice Governor Zhang Lei expressed in his remarks that Jiangsu province, as the intersection of “One Belt and One Road”, is ready to respond to major national diplomatic strategies and encourage local businesses to seize opportunities. Jiangsu will fully galvanize unique geographic advantages of Lian Yungang and Xuzhou in the “New Eurasian Continental Bridge Economic Corridor”, ports of Zhang Jiagang and Taicang in Yangtze River Delta of “Maritime Strategic Pivot” and Taicang as “home of German companies in China” to further promote all-round opening-up and elevate China-Germany and China-EU cooperations to a new high.

Mr. Scharping said that this year marks the Year of Sino-German Innovative Cooperation and the first year of the official release of Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road by the Chinese government. RSBK would very much like to utilize the platform of “One Belt and One Road” Business Dialogue and continue to promote practical cooperation between Chinese and German local governments and businesses through inter-party exchanges so as to further develop Germany-China comprehensive strategic partnership.

Wang Kai, Director of Chinese and German Economic Advisory Committee of Ministry of Commerce, Chen Yihe, President of China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group and Shen Xuejun, Senior Vice President of Siemens China briefly addressed the meeting respectively. The opening ceremony also witnessed the launch of the portal of “One Belt and One Road” Business Dialogue, hosted by China Economic Cooperation Center and organized by China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group.

During the dialogue, delegated from China and Germany engaged in thorough and candid discussion on China-Germany and China-EU cooperation around four topics “‘One Belt and One Road’ and China-Germany, China-EU cooperation”, “Challenges and Opportunities for China-Germany Cooperation in Sustainable Development, Trade, Finance and Logistics”, “Modern Industry, Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection, Urbanization and Ecotourism” and “International and Legal Business Environment and Cooperation between Chinese and German Businesses”.