News Overview 2015

China-Germany Media Forum 2015

Prominent media representatives and editors in chief from China and Germany met in Stuttgart to discuss current issues such as the conflict in Ukraine and the Occupy movement in Hong Kong. During the sixth China-Germany Media Forum from May 26 to 28, the experts addressed the issue of media in a VUCA world – a world shaped by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

Prominent Media Representatives

The German participants, including Andreas Cichowicz, editor in chief of NDR Fernsehen, Manfred Hart, editor in chief for digital development projects at, and Michael Maurer, deputy editor in chief of Stuttgarter Zeitung, came to the offices of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart to meet dignitaries including Hu Xijin, editor in chief of the Global Times, Bai Yansong, leading presenter at the Chinese national television station CCTV, and Dai Xiaojing, deputy editor in chief of Caijing magazine. They addressed current political, economic, and social issues such as the conflict in Ukraine, the Occupy movement in Hong Kong, and the effects of the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on the international media industry. In the run-up to the forum, the eight Chinese media representatives met Mayor of Stuttgart Werner Wölfle to hold discussions about German SMEs and the Stuttgart 21 project.
  • Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung:
    "We believe in the value of our dialog, as it offers orientation in a world that is now more confusing than ever before. The direct dialog based on trust as enabled by the China-Germany Media Forum is therefore of great importance. Our discussions are held in a respectful manner, with openness and a keen sense of curiosity over the course of the one and a half days."
  • Hu Xijin, editor in chief of the Global Times:
    "The success or failure of communication between China and the West has major consequences on the direction that the 21st century will take. Dialog between China and Germany is particularly important in this regard."
  • Uta-Micaela Dürig, who will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung on July 1, added:
    "This forum is particularly close to our hearts, including my own, as we have created a platform with our partners at the Global Times that is truly a genuine exchange. A remarkable atmosphere and strong mutual trust, extraordinary in comparison with other similar meetings, have developed over the last six years. We explored some fascinating issues at the media forum and discussed them in strong words in some cases. In addition to many shared perspectives, we also identified some dividing lines. In spite of all the differences, I have often thought about how important it is to continue speaking, to hold firm opinions, and to continue to get to know one another and develop a mutual understanding."

Study Tour through Baden-Württemberg

During a two-day study tour through Baden-Württemberg after the forum, one of the ports of call for the Chinese participants was Tübingen, where current Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang made a stop at the beginning of the 1990s as an official for the youth league of the CPC at the time. The participants also paid a visit to the Black Forest and then made their way to Friedrichshafen. There, the delegation visited the facilities of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik (ZLT) and met the chief of operations, Michael Schieschke, where they discussed the company’s successful history. To round off the program, the group took a half-hour flight over Lake Constance in a zeppelin airship.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung organizes the forum every year in collaboration with the Global Times, one of the highest-circulation daily newspapers in China. The forum was previously held in Shanghai, Berlin, Chengdu, Leipzig, and Beijing.

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