Baden-Württemberg International has been represented since 1986 with an office in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province. The basis is the partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Jiangsu at provincial / federal level. Furthermore, there is also a long-standing partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Liaoning Province. As the official representation of the federal state Baden-Württemberg, the office's primary task is to promote the economic cooperation between companies from Baden-Württemberg and both provinces in China. In addition, it is also responsible for keeping in touch with the provincial governments and assisting the implementation of projects decided by the Mixed Working Group Meetings. The meetings are held regularly between Baden-Württemberg and both partner provinces in China in order to strengthen the economic and technical cooperation.
The Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission and the Department of Commerce of Liaoning Province are competent and reliable partners in implementing our annual program and major events. Networks in China can be expanded through these economic collaborations, which, amongst other things, simplifies the work in the Chinese business world.
Chief Representative of Baden-Württemberg in China
Bernhard Weber is the current chief representative of the federal state Baden-Württemberg in China and the general manager of the Chinese branch of Baden-Württemberg International in Nanjing. Due to his many years of professional experience in China since 1994, Mr. Weber has a thorough understanding of the Chinese market as well as opportunities and challenges for German companies. In addition, Mr. Weber serves as chairman of the European Union Chamber of Commerce (EUCC) Nanjing Chapter since 2013.
Jiangsu Province is located on the east coast of China, near the economic centre of Shanghai. The “Long river”, officially called Yangtse, runs through the province. The area of Jiangsu expands over 120,000 km2, which equals about 30% of the area of Germany. With a population of 81 million inhabitants, the density of Jiangsu is the highest among all the Chinese provinces. Jiangsu is strongly characterized by manufacturing industries such as electronics, engineering and petrochemicals, as well as textile, light and building materials industries. In addition, Jiangsu Province also plays a leading role in research and development of high-tech products such as telecommunications technologies, computers and integrated circuits. Jiangsu is one of the economic strongest Chinese provinces in terms of gross domestic product(GDP), foreign investment, exports and tax revenues. Foreign investments flow primarily into the electronics, light and chemical industries, as well as in textiles and mechanical engineering. Investments in energy, transport, infrastructure and high-tech products have also increased in recent years.
Major cities in Jiangsu: Nanjing (capital city), Suzhou, Kunshan, Taicang, Changzhou, Wuxi, Xuzhou, Zhenjiang.
Since 1986, a mixed working group meeting between Jiangsu and Baden-Württemberg has been held regularly to discuss cooperation in areas such as business and trade, agriculture, education and environmental protection. Thus, high-level mutual visits have been established, which continuously promotes the partnership between both sides.
Province Liaoning in located in the northeast of China. With 145,900 km2, it is about one third of the area of Germany. There are currently over 41 million people living in Liaoning. The border with North Korea and the proximity to Russia make Liaoning an important access for foreign trade into Northeast China and Northeast Asia. In contrast to the light industrial characterized Jiangsu Province, Liaoning is still dominated by heavy industry, such as mechanical engineering, metallurgy, petroleum, building materials and chemicals. Mechanical and electro-industrial products have been major export products so far, but the government's policy of reviving the old industrial base of northeast China has seen massive investments in Liaoning, benefiting primarily the automotive, engineering and high-tech industries.
Major cities in Liaoning: Shenyang(capital city), Dalian, Anshan, Fushun, Jinzhou, Panjin, Yingkou.
Since 1986, a mixed working group meeting between Liaoning and Baden-Württemberg has been held regularly to discuss cooperation in areas such as business and trade, agriculture, education and environmental protection. Thus, high-level mutual visits have been established, which continuously promotes the partnership between both sides.
In addition to the partnerships at provincial level, there are also many partnerships at city level as well as university pairs between Baden-Württemberg and China.