From 08.00

Registration, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Vestibül)


Official opening of the conference (Albert-Schäfer-Saal)

Welcome addresses

  • Fritz Horst Melsheimer, President, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Germany
  • Olaf Scholz, First Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany

Opening speeches

  • Li Yizhong, Chairman, China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE), P.R. China
  • Zhao Zhongyi, Executive Vice President, China Association for Trade in Services (CATIS), P.R. China

Keynote speeches (Albert-Schäfer-Saal)

Welcome by the Conference Chairman and introduction of keynote speakers

  • Nikolaus W. Schües, Conference Chairman; Former President, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce; Shipowner, Reederei F. Laeisz, Germany

Keynote Speakers

  • Gerhard Schröder, Former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; Honorary Chairman of the "Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe"

  • Victor L.L. Chu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, First Eastern Investment Group, Hong Kong

  • The Honorable Kevin Rudd, President, Asia Society Policy Institute; Former Prime Minister of Australia


Contact break (Börsensaal)


Special session: The internationalisation of China's Renminbi: Becoming a global currency (Albert-Schäfer-Saal)


  • Dr. Zhang Xuechun, Chief Representative, Frankfurt Representative Office, People’s Bank of China, P.R. China
  • Gilles Noblet, Deputy Director General, International & European Relations, European Central Bank
  • Introduction: Nikolaus W. Schües, Conference Chairman; Former President, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce; Shipowner, Reederei F. Laeisz, Germany 

Panel: China's economic transition - a challenge for a fragile global economy? (Albert-Schäfer-Saal)

  • Mark Gibbs, Global Senior Vice President, SAP SE; President, SAP Greater China, P.R. China
  • Prof. Sebastian Heilmann, President, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Germany
  • Hubertus Troska, Board Member of Daimler AG; Chairman & CEO, Daimler Greater China Ltd., P.R. China
  • Yu Weiping, Vice President, CRRC Corporation Limited, P.R. China
  • Prof. Mao Zhenhua, Chairman, China Chengxin Credit Management Co. Ltd., P.R. China
  • Moderator: Dr. Margot Schüller, Deputy Director, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies (IAS), Germany

Lunch break (Börsensaal)


Panel: Made in China 2025 - industrial transformation in a digital world (Albert-Schäfer-Saal) 

  • Chen Lucheng, Vice President & Supply Chain General Manager, Haier Group, P.R. China
  • Clas Neumann, Senior Vice President, Head of Global SAP Labs Network, SAP SE, P.R. China
  • Dr. Song Hailiang, Vice President, China Communications Construction Company Ltd.; Chairman, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., P.R. China
  • Ruediger Stroh, Chief Executive Officer, NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH; Member of the Board, Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business, Germany
  • Moderator: Dr. Sabine Stricker-Kellerer, Member of the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum, Germany

Contact break (Börsensaal)

Made in China 2025 – objectives, instruments and impact on European industries(Merkur-Zimmer)

Presentation of MERICS study by Björn Conrad and Jost Wübbeke


Two parallel sessions:

Panel A: New customers?! The rise of the new Chinese middle class (Albert-Schäfer-Saal)

  • H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, United Arab Emirates
  • Deng Xiaofeng, Chief Executive Officer, China Telecom Global Limited, P.R. China
  • Oliver Gössler, Managing Director, Montblanc Deutschland GmbH, Germany
  • Liang Jixian, Director of Business Development,, P.R. China
  • Hanjo Schneider, Member of the Executive Board, Otto Group; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hermes Europe GmbH, Germany 
  • Christoph Winterer, Member of the Board, METRO Cash & Carry; Operating Partner, METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company, Hong Kong
  • Moderator: Bernhard Bartsch, Senior Expert, Program 'Germany and Asia', Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany

Panel B: MERICS Think - Tank Panel: China’s economic policy - what can we
expect? (Plenarsaal)

  • James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Dr. Rolf J. Langhammer, Professor of Economics, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany
  • Dr. Linda Yueh, Fellow in Economics, Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Moderator: Prof. Sebastian Heilmann, President, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Germany

Contact break (Börsensaal)


Panel: Better connecting China with Europe – Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative (Albert-Schäfer-Saal)

  • Ellis Mathews, Head of Division China, European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Jens Meier, Chief Executive Officer, Hamburg Port Authority AöR, Germany
  • Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank,  Luxembourg
  • Prof. Wang Yiwei, Director of Institute of International Affairs, Renmin University of China, P.R. China
  • Zhang Jianwei, Vice Chairman, Sinotrans & CSC Holdings Co. Ltd., P.R. China
  • Moderator: Matthias Nass, Chief International Correspondent, DIE ZEIT, Germany

One - on - one: Brexit - what are the consequences for the Chinese - European relations? (Albert-Schäfer-Saal)

  • Joschka  Fischer, Former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany; Managing Director, Joschka Fischer & Company GmbH, Germany
  • Moderator: Dr. Jochen Bittner, Political Editor, DIE ZEIT, Germany

Shuttle Service to evening event location


‘China meets Europe’ evening

Venue: ‘Alte Schlosserei’ event hall at Aurubis Group headquarters, Hovestraße 50, 20539 Hamburg

Welcome address

  • Nikolaus W. Schües, Conference Chairman; Former President, Hamburg Chamber of Comemrce; Shipowner, Reederei F. Laeisz, Germany
  • Jürgen Schachler, Chief Executive Officer, Aurubis Group, Germany

Shuttle service to Hotel Atlantic Kempinski and Hamburg Central Station

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Guests of honour 2018

Liu He, Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China

Guests of honour 2018

Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition of the European Commission

Guests of honour 2018

Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Federal Republic of Germany

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