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Conference languages

The conference languages are English and Chinese. Simultaneous translation is available throughout the conference.

Interview requests

Please direct your interview requests to: Dr. Michaela Ölschläger, Communications Department, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Tel. + 49 40 361 38 - 202, E-Mail:

Exclusive interviews

Exclusive interviews with high-ranking speakers will be available throughout the conference. Further information at Please register with Dr. Michaela Ölschläger.

Social Media

The "Hamburg Summit" uses Social Media channels to provide the latest news before, during and after the conference. Follow us on Twitter. The "Hamburg Summit" 2018 hashtag is #HamburgSummit18. Become a fan on Facebook!

Press work rooms

The press work rooms (“Elbe-Zimmer” and “Merkur-Zimmer”) provide a workspace for media representatives including a live feed from the main conference room and catering

Press access

On the first day of the “Hamburg Summit”, press representatives can access all rooms and floors except for the main conference room (Albert-Schäfer-Saal). This is due to capacity issues. However, all panels will be broadcasted live into the press work rooms. On the second day, press representatives will be granted access to all rooms and floors, except the main conference room (Albert-Schäfer-Saal) until 12:00 am. The Closing Lunch can be attended from the gallery on the first floor. There will be no access for press representatives in the Commerzsaal during the Closing Lunch.

Press meeting point

We will establish a press meeting point in the Commerzsaal, where press representatives and speakers/participants can meet and where possible interviews can be conducted in front of a representative background.

Press Event

Tuesday, November 27, 10-11 am: “The evolution of Made in China 2025: Priority adjustments and implications for Europe’s innovation landscape” by MERICS (Plenarsaal; for further requires for this event please contact Claudia Wessling,, Mobil: +49 171 834 77 04)

With the “Made in China 2025” strategy launched in 2015, the Chinese government has set out to turn the country from the world’s workbench into a “manufacturing superpower”. The overarching goal of the plan is to gain greater independence from foreign high-tech products and to, ultimately, become a global leader in future technologies. How far have Chinese industrial sectors gotten in reaching this ambitious goal? Recent MERICS research shows that in the process of implementing the multi-layered strategy priorities have changed as a reaction to internal and external pressures. At the same time, the progress of “Made in China 2025” has begun to affect the evolution of key technologies such as artificial intelligence and of emerging industries such as electronic vehicles on a global scale. Europe's innovation landscape is already feeling the heat. Max J. Zenglein, Senior Economist at MERICS, and Junior Research Associate Anna Holzmann will present their findings from recent research on Made in China 2025, that will later be published in a in-depth study by MERICS.

Picture Service/Photos

During the conference high-resolution pictures from the "Hamburg Summit" can be found in the Gallery on this website. Please use the following copyright note for the official "Hamburg Summit" pictures: Source: Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Photographers: Roland Magunia / Krafft AngererFacts & Figures about Hamburg and China

Summary of panel discussions

A written summary of the panel discussions, including main statements of the speakers, is available shortly after the sessions at

Facts & Figures about Hamburg and China (in Chinese and English)

Additional information on Hamburg´s relations to China can be found here:
in Chinese:
in English:


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Guests of honour 2018

Liu He, Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China

Guests of honour 2018

Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition of the European Commission

Guests of honour 2018

Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Federal Republic of Germany

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