Interview: The change of climate in China-EU economic and trade ties
Due to the impact of the global financial crisis, in the first half of 2009, Sino-EU trade dropped by 22.8 percent compared with the previous year. At the China-EU Business Summit held in Nanjing on November 30, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao noted that both sides should promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation.
On December 1, the EU's Treaty of Lisbon went on effect, giving the EU parliament more power. Herman Van Rompuy became the first president of the European Council and Karel de Gucht was nominated the new EU trade commissioner. With the hot discussions aroused by the Copenhagen conference, the issue of China and the EU's cooperation in the new energy industries is also warming up.
With changing climate, how will China and EU, two of the world's largest economies, work to strengthen their economic and trade ties? To what extent will the two sides contribute to curb global warming? When will the EU-China Partnership and Cooperation Agreement come out? Mr. Joerg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, and Mr. Yu Yuantang, Division Director for EU Affairs in the Ministry of Commerce, will share with us their opinions.
Mr. Yu Yuantang, Division Director for EU Affairs in the Ministry of Commerce
Mr. Yu Yuantang joined the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade (MOFERT), the predecessor of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, back in 1992. In March 2003, he became Division Director for EU Affairs in the Ministry of Commerce (on leave between September 2004 and August 2005 for the study in the UK).
Mr. Yu was born on June 26, 1967 in Longnan County, Jiangxi Province. From 1989 to 1992, He studied at Beijing Foreign Affairs Colleague for a postgraduate program in translation and interpretation for diplomacy and graduated with an MA degree. In 1994, he received four months of simultaneous interpretation training in DG INCO (then known as SCIC) of the European Commission.
Between September 2004 and August 2005, he was awarded the UK Government's Chevening Scholarship and studied at the Law School of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he graduated with distinction with an L.L.M in Commercial Law degree.
Mr. Joerg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China
Mr. Wuttke became President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China in April 2007. He is also Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. He had worked with ABB for 11 years before he joined BASF in 1997. In fact his first professional encounter with China was in 1988 as the Finance and Administration Manager of ABB Beijing.
Mr. Wuttke is a Rotarian and a member of the European Bahai Business Foundation, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for International Business Ethics (CIBE) in Beijing and a member of the China advisory council of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany.
Joerg Wuttke holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Mannheim and studied Chinese in Shanghai 1982 and in Taipei 1984-85.
A frequent speaker on business and industry issues in China, in 2005 he co-authored "The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry in China" by Springer Publishing Trust. In 2008 he is featured in the book "My 30 years in China" as one of 13 prominent expatriates in China. People Daily's Special Book on "30 people reflect on 30 years China's Reform policy" features a long interview with Mr. Wuttke.
By People's Daily Online
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