Visit to Beijing by FES Chairman Kurt Beck and delegation

Event: Regional and International Affairs

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of FES Beijing Office. At the invitation of the Chinese Association of International Understanding (CAFIU), the main partner organization of FES in Beijing for 35 years, FES Chairman Kurt Beck, accompanied by a high-ranking delegation from FES Head Office, visited Beijing in order to honor the cooperative relationship between FES and its most important partners in Beijing. During his stay, Mr. Beck had a range of meetings with high-ranking representatives from the Chinese side, including the Vice-Chairwoman of National Peoples’ Congress Standing Committee and President of CAFIU, Prof. Yan Junqi, Minister Song Tao of the International Department of the Central Committee of CPC (IDCPC) as well as the German Ambassador to China, Michael Clauß. Furthermore, FES and CAFIU celebrated their long-standing cooperation and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of FES Beijing Office with an event on Sept. 5, 2017. Mr. Kurt Beck and Vice-Minister Zheng Xiasong of IDCPC, who is also an advisor to CAFIU, held the main speeches.

On Sept. 6th, Kurt Beck visited the China University of Political Science and Law to give a lecture in front of more than 200 students on “Germany’s  responsibility in a changing Europe”. The main topics dealt with by Mr. Beck were the need for further European integration on the background of a threatening development towards right-wing populism in the EU, the recent Brexit experience and of the changing US leadership role since the Trump administration’s inauguration. Kurt Beck’s reflections caught the interest of the Chinese students. During the following Q&A round, students were particularly interested in understanding a perceived German stability in midst of a rather “chaotic” European panorama. However, as Mr. Beck was able to put forward, Germany cannot and will not assume a dominanting role in the EU. After all, Germany’s stability depends in great part on a fruitful European integration based on multilateral decision-making.

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