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Political Breakfast with Li Jinjun

Berlin, December 7, 2010

Ambassador Li Jinjun, Vice Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, met with representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the current state of EU-China relations and Germany’s specific role in this context. The discussion focused on Li Jinjun’s assessment of perspectives for a deepening of the cooperation between China and the EU.

The participants all agreed that there was a need for far-reaching strategic cooperation with China in order to deal with global challenges such as climate change and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Even though China’s international importance is currently very much on the increase, some participants thought that Beijing was primarily interested in domestic policy. Here the principal issues were fighting poverty and promoting the ongoing modernization process.

Against the background of renewed talks on the Iranian nuclear programme in Geneva, the participants also focused on China’s interests in the Middle East. They emphasized the fact that, whilst China is decisively in favour of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, it believes that imposing sanctions on proliferators is not always the best way of dealing with the problem. The discussion also touched on China’s activities in Africa and its cooperation with developing countries.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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