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Dear Members,

The Board of Directors of the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai invites all Members to the General Meeting and Board Election 2018, which will be held on:

Thursday, March 29th, 2018, 17:30-21:00
InterContinental Pudong, 2nd Floor Tomson Ballroom
Shanghai, Pudong, 777 Zhangyang Rd., near Laoshan Rd.
上海市浦东新区张杨路777, 2楼, 近崂山路

Please register online before March 27th, 2018 at 17:00.

This General Meeting is your opportunity to make an impact by casting your vote at the Election of the Board of Directors of the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai. Not only is it an exceptional networking opportunity, it is also your chance to choose the members who will be representing you and your voice in the next two years.

Furthermore, we will take this opportunity to review the Chamber's activities of the last two years and to thank you for your support throughout this period, without which our activities would not have been successful.

Finally, our guest speaker, Mr Jörg Wuttke, former president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, will give his insights about the Chinese political environment after the 19th Party Congress.

We hope that you will give us your support with your attendance and look forward to seeing all of you at the General Meeting. The agenda of the night will be accompanied by a cocktail reception and an extensive dinner buffet.

How to Cast My Vote?

Make your vote count! Every Corporate and Individual Member of the German Chamber of Commerce China | Shanghai is called to vote. As a voting member, you have the following three options to cast your vote:

1. Online Election: The Online Polls will be Open Until March 22nd, 2018

The Online Ballot will open on March 2nd, 2018, enabling you to use the quick and easy opportunity to vote online without geographic restrictions. All Voting Members will receive their individual online voting access code via email. In case of questions, please contact the Chamber team at

2. Casting the Vote at the General Meeting: March 29th, 2018

By attending the General Meeting on March 29th, 2018, you may cast your vote in person. Every eligible voter attending the General Meeting must provide valid identification.

3. Using a Proxy:

Up until 24 hours before the General Meeting on March 29th, 2018, you are able to designate a representative who will vote in person at the General Meeting on your behalf. Please note that the representative must also be an eligible voter. Every eligible voter attending the General Meeting may hold a maximum of three (3) proxies.

Please download the Proxy Form here

Only Proxy Forms provided on time can be accepted. The completed form must be received by the Executive Director ( by 19:00 CST on March 28th, 2018.

Important Notices:

Only Corporate and Individual Members who have paid all past and current membership fees for 2018 are eligible to cast their vote. Every Voting Member has one vote. In case your company has not yet named a Voting Member (Permanent Representative or in his/her absence Alternate Representative), please communicate his/her name to at your earliest convenience. For further information please find the Procedures for the 2018 Election of the Board of Directors on the website of the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai.

In the case the quorum of at least 15% of the total number of all Voting Members is not met, the meeting shall be adjourned for 30 minutes. The Chairperson shall then convene a new meeting which then may take valid decisions irrespective of the number of voting members participating.

Detailed Agenda

17:30 – 18:00 Registration, Handout of Ballots, Cocktail Reception

18:00 – 21:00 General Meeting
  • Welcome by the Executive Director and Member of the Board, Ms Simone Pohl
  • Annual Report by the Chairwoman of the Board, Ms Bettina Schön
  • Treasurer’s Report 2017
  • Election of the New Board of Directors 2018-2020, Formal Approval of the Actions of the Board of Directors 2016-2018, and Election of the Auditor, by Secret Ballot
  • Dinner Buffet
  • Keynote Speech by Mr Jörg Wuttke on “New Wine in Old Bottles: What Has Really Changed After the Party Congress?”, followed by Q&A
  • Announcement of the new Board of Directors

Motions to be Presented

1. Election for the Board of Directors of the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai on March 29th, 2018
2. Election of the Auditor: Rödl & Partner
3. Formal Approval of the Board's Reports and of the Actions of the Board 2016-2018

Keynote Speaker: Jörg Wuttke

“New Wine in Old Bottles: What Has Really Changed After the Party Congress?”

The Chinese Communist Party Congress produced an elision of political and personal leadership not seen since the launch of economic reform four decades ago. This has important implications for policy in Xi Jinping’s second five-year term. Xi’s consolidation of power is broad, deep and unprecedented; the membership of China’s Politburo and its Standing Committee opens a new era in Chinese politics: Xi as dominant figure. Xi’s uncertain succession plan brings many questions, but Xi knows this and can manage the risks. The new Politburo Standing Committee is more reform-minded than its predecessor; but: the Leninist Marxist system has not changed, nor did the local Manchester Capitalism philosophy. Is there just a new thinking in old structures? Will that be sustainable? And what does it mean to foreign business in China?

For updates on the Board Election 2018, please refer to our website:

If you have comments on the agenda, the drafts for motions to be decided upon or the other relevant materials, please send your feedback to until March 1st, 2018, 12:00 CST.