YCW Berlin is inviting you to this Panel Discussion as part of the second MERICS “European China Talent Program.” The “fishbowl discussion” will tackle issues such as “How and where do Chinese and Europeans engage in conversation with each other? What are the benefits and limits of official formats for dialogue? How can people-to-people exchange beyond the official channels add value to Chinese-European relations? How do we personally contribute to European-Chinese dialogue?”

After the discussion, there will be time for informal exchanges over snacks and drinks.

We invite Jörg Binding (Director at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)), Angela Köckritz (Journalist at Die Zeit) and Zhu Yi (Research Associate at Mercator Institute for China Studies) to discuss.

To RSVP: email Julia Breuer at politics@merics.de by April 11, with your institutional affiliation


Jörg Binding
Dr. Jörg Binding is a German attorney-at-law and director of the sectors “Law”, “Finance”, and “Quality infrastructure”, at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in China. He is responsible for, among others, the Sino-German Projects “Legal Cooperation”, “Judges Exchange”, “Consumer Data Protection with Emerging Economies”, and “Quality Infrastructure”, which are implemented by GIZ in China on behalf of the federal government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Angela Köckritz
Angela Köckritz is an author and journalist with the German weekly DIE ZEIT, based in Berlin. She covers politics, economics, society, culture and religion. Until the end of 2014 she was the Beijing correspondent of German weekly DIE ZEIT. Prior to her post as correspondent, she worked as an international reporter and news editor at DIE ZEIT headquarters in Hamburg, covering East and South East Asia and Latin America. In 2015 she published her book ‘Cloud Walking – Stories of life in China“.

Zhu Yi
Zhu Yi is a research associate at MERICS focusing on China’s social media policy, social change and new social actors as well as on the social dynamics of legal policy. Prior to that, Zhu Yi was Head of Programs at the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Beijing office, where she was responsible for the entire China portfolio, bringing together prominent German and Chinese figures from politics and civil society to discuss and analyse current developments in China.

Berlin – ‘Closing Doors For Constructive Dialogue? Changing Dynamics of Interaction Between China and Europe (fishbowl discussion)’ with Jörg Binding, Angela Köckritz, Zhu Yi [Thu, April 14]
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