The new Chinese five-year plan will further increase technological pressure on Germany and Europe. The plan also offers opportunities for mechanical and plant engineering - but China's current visa policy is not helpful.
The EU's investment agreement with China is expected to bring improvements in market access as well as a leveling of the playing field for European companies. It will be particularly important that the Chinese commitments can be enforced, if necessary.
Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade, explains why the mechanical engineering industry's view of China as an important trading partner is currently critical and which measures the EU must therefore now initiate.
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