The digital "Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe" 2021 is focusing on post-pandemic cooperation between Europe and China, taking account of China’s growing engagement in the world, the realignment of global value chains as well as changing regulatory frameworks for businesses.
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The “Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe”
is a high-level, biennial business conference on Sino-European relations. Initiated in 2004 by Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the “Hamburg Summit” is the leading platform for business, political and academic leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest, and has in the past attracted high-level representatives from European, Chinese and international political and business leaders.
Honorary Conference Chairman
“The global economic and political landscape has changed fundamentally in the past few years. China is on its way to becoming the world's leading industrial nation by 2049. It’s economic and geopolitical rise affects us all. China is an indispensable actor to solve global challenges such as climate change and building resilient supply chains. It is more important than ever to build a better understanding of China and to continue the dialogue between China and Europe.
Since 2004, the “Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe” is enhancing Sino-European dialogue on top expert and decision maker level. Please join us again for the “Digital Hamburg Summit” 2021!”
Gerhard Schröder, Former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 09:00 CET
- 09:30 CET
EU-China Economic Dialogue on post-pandemic cooperation
The corona crisis has caused serious and lasting disruption to the global economy and has brought to light the fragility of and dependencies in international value and supply chains. This has fuelled already ongoing debates on diversification, nearshoring and (re-)localisation. While EU trade policy is being aligned to resilience, strategic autonomy and decarbonisation, China’s leadership has also committed itself to a new growth model that is more efficient, innovation driven, consumption-led and sustainable. At the same time, geopolitical tensions between the US and China and growing discontent of European business in China with regard to market-access, non-tariff trade barriers and political interference in corporate governance have led to a paradigm shift in the EU’s approach to China. So what are the determinants of post-pandemic economic cooperation between the EU and China? Is “coopetition” a feasible approach for the future?
- 10:45 CET
Industry Dialogue: “Opening up or closing in? New approaches to trade and investment in China and Europe”
Sino-European economic relations are characterized by two opposite trends. While China became the EU's largest trading partner for goods in 2020, European and German companies in China are increasing addressing difficult market conditions in the country and the lack of a level playing field, and the EU has tightened regulation on Foreign Direct Investment and extended its trade defence toolbox, particularly with a view on China. The Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) between China and the EU, which is for the time being stalled due to mutual sanctions, has some improvement in store for European companies in China, but is far from solving all issues. For the future, the question arises as to whether the two economic areas will open or close towards each other. Are the investment regimes in the EU and China converging? What impact will the Dual Circulation-strategy have on European companies? How will EU trade defence instruments affect Chinese investment and bilateral trade?
- 11:35 CET
Explorative Session: “Regional integration as driver of innovation networks in China and Europe”
China is fostering the regional integration of different mega clusters, such as the Yangtze-River Delta and the Greater Bay Area. These projects not only aim at accelerating China´s industrial manufacturing capabilities and improving competitiveness in various industries but also to improve people’s daily life by innovation in different sectors and better environmental surrounding.
While China mainly follows a top-down approach, most European projects were set-up by regional initiatives. How can regional integration act as driver for innovation clusters? What can be the role of regional integration to reach global climate goals? What kind of incentives are necessary to foster added value?
- 12:25 CET
- Meet & Greet (virtual lounge with sponsors)
- 12:40 CET
Academy Session A: “China Standards 2035 and its impact on European companies”
Technical standards apply to a wide range of industries, shape products and the interoperability of products and processes. Since recent years, innovative Chinese companies from different industries are participating in larger number in technical standards meetings and inserting greater influence on the process. China has created the national “China Standards 2035” strategy to play a decisive role in affecting and shaping standards in industries defined in “Made in China 2025”. The emerging of a third standardization system in addition to the European- and the US-American system will have consequences for European consequences. What will be the influence of a Chinese standardization system on future industries? How will “China Standards 2035” will affect innovations? What will be the role of European standards in 2030?
- 13:30 CET
Trilateral Forum: „Resilient and sustainable supply chains of the future“
With the COVID-19 pandemic international supply chains faced a stress test most of them did not pass. Companies were forced to react to new challenges of quickly changing customer demands, production delays or failing logistics chains. After the crisis has exposed the underlying complexities and vulnerabilities of global supply chains, businesses now not only have to take political and economic factors into consideration building up their supplier and distribution networks. They will also need to focus on how to increase resilience against any kind of com-ing global crisis and improved sustainability in order to reach climate goals. This panel will focus on the question if diversification or localization will lead to more resilient supply chains. Will China’s “Dual Circulation” and the EUs “strategic autonomy” regionalize supply chains. What is the impact of a necessary CO2 reduction on the shortening of supply chains?
- 14:20 CET
Academy Session B: “China’s IP laws in practice”
Over the last few years changes have been occurring to China’s IPR regime with fast pro-gress. This includes the creation of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) unifying the administration of patents and trademarks to a flurry of amendments to IP laws, including the amended Patent Law and revisions to the Copyright Law, which came into force on the 1st of June 2021. Now Chinese companies are more likely to sue foreign competitors over IP violations. On the other hand, cost-effective tools are available in China for EU SMEs to maximise the return on investment in their creativity and know how. This panel looks at the latest developments in patent and trademark regulation and introduces best practices in case studies.
- 15:10 CET
- Concluding Session / Outlook
- 15:30 CET
- End of program