Focus topics

Petra Sigmund

Ambassador Petra Sigmund is Director General for Asia and the Pacific in the German Federal Foreign Office.

Petra Sigmund was already reading books from Asia and China with enthusiasm during her school years. “In the period after the Cultural Revolution in China, so-called scar literature came to Germany, Heavy Wings by Zhang Jie, for example,” says the 54-year-old, recounting her first encounters with the country. Petra Sigmund now heads the Asia and Pacific Division at the Federal Foreign Office. Policy-making is her daily routine, and she always has two questions in mind: “How do we look at China, and how do we need to position ourselves? “

Continue reading now

Get 30 days of free access to the Decision Brief to read these and more quality news every day.

Are you already a guest at the China.Table? Log in now


    Andreas Risch – home in two different worlds
    Johann Fuhrmann – ‘China has a genuine interest in dialogue’
    Feng Yitong – drawing local history
    Clauß Essers – a lawyer with robust optimism