China: perspectives of a world power

The new issue of the GIZ magazine akzente explores China’s role in the world and offers new insights into the Middle Kingdom.

From developing nation to world leader: today nobody can ignore China’s global creative force. China is also playing an increasingly important role in finding solutions to the challenges of international cooperation. With this in mind, the new issue of the GIZ magazine akzente takes a closer look at this emerging global power.

The world’s most populous country is a nation of superlatives and contrasts. For instance, China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, accounting for 22 per cent of global emissions, but it is also the world’s largest investor in renewable energy by far, with investments in the region of USD 100 billion. In his essay, Professor Eberhard Sandschneider asserts that the country’s ascent is unstoppable. The China expert traces the country’s development over recent decades and shows how the West can respond to the new world order.

Further perspectives are provided by Chair of the German-Chinese parliamentary group Dagmar Schmidt, China expert and author Frank Sieren and Chinese singer Helen Feng. In this issue’s ‘In focus’ report, akzente accompanies Guido Beermann, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, on a trip through China. And Country Director Thorsten Giehler explains the transformation and diversity of GIZ’s activities in China.

Other topics: between 2015 and 2017, 29 million people around the world received a better school education thanks to the work of GIZ and its partners. This is one of the findings of the company-wide evaluation of the impact of GIZ’s work, which is presented and explained in this issue of akzente. Karima Hosseini has first-hand experience of the value of learning. The Afghan police officer successfully completed a literacy course and knows how important education is in stabilising the country: ʻI’m a different person now that I can read. I think that education changes your character.’ Further reports look at cocoa cultivation in Nigeria and transport us to Ukraine, where therapy dogs are helping traumatised and disabled children in their day-to-day lives.

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