Ecology & Sustainable Development

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China's development path has been challenged by various issues and environmental degradation is one of the country's major threats. hbs wants to support sustainable development in China by promoting an exchange of relevant experiences and providing opportunities for a debate among different stakeholders within China and internationally.


Jointly with the Consensus Media Group the hbs China office has held a podium discussion on development, growth and sustainability between the hbs president, Barbara Unmüßig, and one of China’s most influential intellectuals, the economic historian Prof. Qin Hui.

Social Developments

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The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (hbs) accompanies China’s economic, political and social transition process and supports the exchange of Chinese, German and international stakeholders involved in debates and decision making on different levels. We support Chinese developing civil society in their capacity building and networking and try to contribute to an open, informed and constructive dialogue between Germany and China.


In cooperation with China Center for Overseas Social and Philosophical Theories (CCOSPT) Heinrich Böll Stiftung has annually organized a Sino-German Dialogue on political and social issues. The last dialogue was held in March 2013 in Fujian Province, China.

Since 2011 Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in cooperation with Caixin Media Group/China Media Foundation has organized three sessions of gender training workshops for journalism professionals of frontline Chinese media.

Globalization & International Relations

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hbs China program tries to gain a deeper understanding of the overall implications of globalization processes and international exchange for China, their respective partner countries as well as for Europe and worldwide. With our international network of offices and partners we want to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and jointly debating global developments in order to foster mutual understanding around the globe.


In 2009 Heinrich Böll Foundation offices China and Cambodia in cooperation with Chinese Academy of Macroeconomic Research, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) organized an international conference on trade, investment and sustainable development between China and Mekong countries. Since then hbs is looking at China’s economic engagement in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. Through supporting of research, exchange and study trips we try to raise awareness among Chinese academics and policy advisors on the impacts of big investments projects.


In “China’s role in G20/BRICS and Implications,” Gudrun Wacker, Senior fellow German Institute for International and Security Affairs, describes why BRICS may have less existential importance for China than G20 and regional “clubs”.

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