It was actually a defeat that brought Johannes Vogel to China. The FDP politician had just lost his job as a member of the German Bundestag. The party had failed miserably in the 2013 federal elections. The Liberals plummeted from 14.6 percent to 4.8 percent. Vogel says he witnessed how a party can crash down. And what did he do? He left for a while. After the election fiasco, he decided to move to a friend’s house in Beijing for a quarter of a year to learn Chinese.
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