On 17th July, Jörg Wuttke, Managing Director and general representative of BASF in China and President of the European Chamber of Commerce in China, and Tim Wenniges, Managing Director of Südwestmetall in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the former head of the Shanghai office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, discussed with United Europe’s Young Professional Advisors the relation between the EU and China.
China has incredible market potential but the US-China trade war already impacts EU business in China. According to Jörg Wuttke, ‘decoupling’ is the key word for some time to come. The question is, where do Europeans fit in and what is the EU doing about it?
In this very interesting and deep discussion, Wuttke and Wenniges answered hard questions like: What should we know about the gap between the shared reality of the Chinese people and the reality that is perceived from abroad? What are the perspectives for German/European companies in China? Is it possible for the EU to find a common China strategy? What does the new geopolitically reality mean for Europe, as we see Russia and China aligning security interests in Europe’s neighbourhood? How much leverage has the EU in geopolitics?
The questions were asked by Dyria Alloussi, Thomas Berghaus, Lucas Clair, Raphael Kohler, Justinas Lingevicius, Anna Penninger, Anna Stahl, Mihaly Szabo, and Eshgin Tanriverdi.
Please read the entire interview with Jörg Wuttke and Tim Wenniges in a flipbook here: