Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel (left) and the Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology MIAO Wei (right)

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During his trip to China the federal minister for economic affairs and energy, Sigmar Gabriel, met the Chinese minister of industry and information technology, Miao Wei, in Beijing today. The ministers addressed the topics of innovative industries, digitisation and Industrie 4.0 as well as cooperation in the automotive industry.

The focus of the meeting was the signing of a declaration of intent (PDF: 50 KB) on cooperation between the two countries in the area of Industrie 4.0. The declaration of intent links the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s Industrie 4.0 with the Chinese initiative “Made in China 2025”, thereby strengthening the innovative partnership between the two countries. The declaration of intent mentions, inter alia, the effective protection of intellectual property as a basis for cooperation. Both parties aspire to improve the legal framework and regulatory instruments in this respect.

Both ministries want to provide political support for cooperation between German and Chinese companies in the areas of intelligent manufacturing and the digital networking of production processes. Joint annual meetings and strengthened cooperation in the harmonisation of standards are planned. Furthermore, companies from both countries are to receive support for possible pilot projects, training and further education in the field of Industrie 4.0. All of the measures are aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises in particular.

The agreement was signed during the federal minister for economic affairs’ two-day trip to China. Sigmar Gabriel is being accompanied by a high-level business delegation and members of the German Bundestag. Further discussions were held with the Chinese minister of commerce, Gao Hucheng, the chairman of the Development and Reform Commission, Xu Shaoshi, and President Xi Jinping .