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Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 19:00

Unwrapping the Puzzle

Jörg Wuttke

German Embassy
17 Dongzhimenwai Dajie 100600 Beijing

德国驻华大使馆 北京市 朝阳区 东直门外大街17号

We are delighted to resume our lecture series with a talk from the President of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China and BASF’s Chief Representative, Jörg Wuttke. Having lived in Beijing for more than three decades, he shares with us his insight on the changes he has witnessed as well as his perspective on China’s political and business landscape. 

Jörg Wuttke first came to China in 1982 onboard a midnight train from Germany through Mongolia to learn about the country that he felt, like Russia to Churchill, was “a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma.” From encountering the wide streets of Beijing and Shanghai devoid of traffic and no building over six storeys high then, to today where there are more skyscrapers in Shanghai than in the whole of Europe, his journey charts a lifelong passion to document and better understand the complex patterns and rapid changes that drive Chinese economic, social and political life. 

Jörg Wuttke is the Chief Representative of BASF China in Beijing since 1997, responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies, negotiation of large projects and government relations. In May 2019, he was elected for a third term as the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. Wuttke is a member of the Advisory Board of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Germany’s foremost think tank on China, in Berlin. He is a founding member of the German Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and served as Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2004. A frequent speaker on industry issues in China, he is also a prolific writer having co-authored multiple publications.


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Registration will be closed when we reach the venue’s maximum capacity. The very latest registration is midday (12.00pm) on Thursday 11 March. We cannot accept RSVPs after this time.

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We would like to inform you that from this year, annual membership will no longer be available due to the uncertainty of these times. Hence, we welcome for a single lecture fee of RMB 100; students with valid ID RMB 50. 

Membership desk open 6:15 pm for 7:00 pm lecture.