Trade between Germany and China has been growing continuously over the past years. In 2017, the bilateral trade volume reached a total of 187 billion euros. For the second year in a row, China was Germany's most important trading partner worldwide. China pursues a comprehensive agenda of rapid industrial and economic development. The digitalization and automation of the Chinese economy is actively being accelerated by government-supported measures and rapid advancements of the regulatory framework. Numerous technical barriers influence trade between Germany and China and impede participation of the German industry in high-tech and innovative sectors. These technical barriers to trade should be removed to further strengthen trade between both countries. Bilateral cooperation on a well-functioning and coherent quality infrastructure plays a vital role in safeguarding and improving the quality of traded goods. Key industries include IT and communications, mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive industry, electrical engineering and consumer products.
Political partners on the Chinese side are the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFCOM), among others.


Vom 19. bis zum 23. Mai tagte die Deutsch-Chinesische Kommission Normung (DCKN) unter dem Vorsitz des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) und des Staatlichen Zentralamts für Normung der VR China (SAC) im südchinesischen Xiamen.

Bundeswirtschaftsminister Altmaier und Minister Xiao, Leiter des chinesischen Staatlichen Zentralamts für Marktregulierung (SAMR), haben am 19. Juni in Peking eine Gemeinsame Absichtserklärung (MoU) zur Zusammenarbeit in der Qualitätsinfrastruktur (QI) unterzeichnet.


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Jan-Patrick Schnell

Head of Country Component China
Sino-German Quality Infrastructure Project


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Tayuan Diplomatic Office Building
Room 1-13-1
No. 14, Liangmahe Nanlu, Chaoyang District
100600 Beijing, PR China


Phone: +86 10 85 32 47 58


Documentation of the expert talks on the topic "Quality Infrastructure for a Green Construction Industry", which took place on 1 November at the FENESTRATION BAU China 2018 trade fair in Beijing.

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The Standardisation Roadmap of Predictive Maintenance for Sino-German Industrie 4.0 / Intelligent Manufacturing.

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Recent years have witnessed robust growth of cross-border e-commerce in China. According to the China E-Commerce Report published by the Ministry of Commerce, the cross-border e-commerce growth rate has accelerated since Alibaba’s initial public offering in the United States of America at the end of 2014, to an annual growth rate of 30%.


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