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Duan Wei

Chief Executive Officer of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Germany (CHKD)

He sees himself as a mediator and translator between two worlds: As Chief Executive Officer of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Germany (CHKD), 37-year-old lawyer Duan Wei represents the interests of what are now 350 Chinese companies so that they can gain a sustainable foothold in Germany. At the same time, he is trying to “build up China competence” in Germany, as he says: “I want to reduce the fear of my home country.” In the future, Duan says more companies from the fields of electromobility, medical technology, smart cities and artificial intelligence want to invest in Germany. “They are creating more jobs and an innovative future in Germany.” In light of this development, Germany would do well to have a little more competence and knowledge in dealing with Chinese companies, he hints diplomatically. “And to achieve that,” he says, “I’m happy to do more explaining.”

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