Monika Hohlmeier has a special memory of a German-Chinese conversation: in 1985, her father, then Bavarian Prime Minister Franz Josef Strauß, met the then leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Deng Xiaoping. Officially, half an hour was planned for the conversation. “But the two of them had such a good time that the entire protocol was thrown out,” Hohlmeier recounts, laughing heartily. “After an hour everyone got restless, after two hours the éclat was perfect.” At the time, she was accompanying her politician father on his trip abroad. Today, the 59-year-old is herself a CSU MEP and a member of the China delegation.
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