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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? “

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