The Embassy of China in Berlin
Address: Markisches Ufer 54, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 27 58 80
Fax: +49 30 27 58 82 21
Amb. Shi Mingde
Amb. Mr Shi Mingde completed his studies in GDR and a year later he became an employee of the Chinese Embassy in the GDR.
Soon after he began to work in the service office for diplomats in Beijing and in 1986 became 2nd Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in the GDR. From 1990 to 1993 he was Deputy Head of West Europe Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and in 1993 Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Bonn. From 1997 to 2002 he was Counsellor of the Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Department Manager for Western Europe of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and later Director General of the Central Office for Foreign Affairs of the Central Committee of the CPC. From 2010 to 2012, he was nominated Chinese Ambassador in Vienna and since August 2012 he has been the Chinese ambassador to Germany in Berlin.
The Federal Republic of Germany and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in 1972. Over the past 40 years, these relations have become extremely wide-ranging, remarkably close and increasingly growing in political substance. China is Germany’s most important economic partner in Asia and Germany is China’s leading trading partner in Europe. Given the growing uncertainties in the world and the repercussions of the global economic and financial crisis which are still being felt, cooperation and coordination of policy between the two strategic partners has become increasingly important. China views Germany both economically and politically as its key partner in Europe. Important elements of bilateral relations are regular high-level coordination of policy, dynamic trade relations, investment, environmental cooperation and cooperation in the cultural and scientific sectors.
With bilateral trade worth nearly 163 billion Euro in 2015, Germany remains China’s principal trading partner in the European Union (approximately 30 per cent of China’s trade is with the EU). At the same time, the Chinese government has for some years now been stepping up its efforts to spread the Chinese language and Chinese culture abroad. This job is being done by both state cultural institutions (“cultural centres”) and the Confucius Institutes (currently 15 in Germany), which mostly take the form of university cooperation arrangements.