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Gerd Kaminski

Head of the Austrian Institute for China and Southeast Asian Studies and the Austrian-Chinese Society

The fact that Austria and China are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year is also thanks to Gerd Kaminski. “At the time, I demonstrated in terms of international law why it was okay to establish diplomatic relations with China,” says the Austrian legal scholar. His article on the recognition of the government in Beijing appeared in the Austrian Journal of Foreign Policy in 1971. “It was undoubtedly an important contribution,” he says. He still advises the Austrian Foreign Ministry on China issues today.

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