Wolfgang Frey at the German-Chinese Forum with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister President Li Keqiang2016.06.19
German Chancellor Angela Merkel travelled to China June 12-14, 2016 for the ninth time. Minister President Li Keqiang met her and accompanied her throughout her trip. The main purpose of the trip was to deepen German-Chinese economic, cultural and political relations. Wolfgang Frey, owner of Frey Architekten, received the honor of being invited to attend the German-Chinese Forum in Beijing.
Upon her arrival to the Academy of Science in Beijing on June 12, 2016, the Federal Chancellor received an honorary doctorate from the University of Nanjing. On June 13, 2016 the fourth German-Chinese Intergovernmental Consultations were opened. During the panel discussions led by Angela Merkel and Li Keqiang, both governments agreed to even more cooperation based on the “Framework for Action for German-Chinese Cooperation: Collective Innovation” from October 2014. Both governments agree on the benefits that will come from strengthening their mutual support and political trust. As a result, partnerships for domestic and international political strategies, cultural and youth exchange as well as economic partnerships should be formed and fostered.
The third meeting of the German-Chinese Economic Advisory Committee as well as the German-Chinese Forum for economic and technological cooperation, which were both held on June 13, 2016, were two important steps toward securing economic cooperation between Germany and China.
Wolfgang Frey, along with his Chinese Partners Sino-German United Group Co. Ltd. (United Group for short) and Qingdao Jianan Group Co. Ltd (Jianan Group for short) participated in this forum.
Together with the Frey Group under Wolfgang Frey’s direction, the United Group (Administrative Committee for the Sino-German Ecopark with a starting capital of 900 million RMB) and the Jianan Group (experienced general contractor for urban construction and infrastructure with a starting capital of 300 million RMB) are responsible for the development of the Sino-German Ecopark in Qingdao, which encompasses about 7 square miles. The Sino-German Ecopark is a pilot project for sustainable cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the People’s Republic of China, which was signed by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Chinese Ministry of Trade in the presence of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and then Chinese Premiere Minister Wen Jiabao.
Wolfgang Frey has been active in China since 2010. Numerous projects have been developed including one for the retail center in Taiyuan with about 216,535 square feet, the logistics center with about 3.05 million square feet and a residential district concept in Shanxi Jinzhong with about 328,000 square feet in size.
Wolfgang Frey connects innovation with sustainability using local resources. For this reason, Frey was commissioned with the planning for the restructuring of the city of Kunshan to reduce the smog there. Frey Architekten is currently developing the one-mile long waterfront in cooperation with “EC-Link” in Foshan.
Ever since the decree Directive About How to Further Strengthen Urban Planning and Development Management was made by the Central Committee for the Communist Party in China and the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, sustainability has become a main theme in future urban development projects. It also corresponds with the philosophy of sustainability that Wolfgang Frey and his Chinese partners represent. The cooperative partners are in agreement about the future of many areas including Smart-City planning, Eco-City planning, Low-Impact Development, Low-Energy Houses, Pre-Fab Housing, and the development of sustainable construction materials.
Wolfgang Frey took the opportunity during Angela Merkel’s visit along with the German-Chinese Forum on June 13, 2016 to strengthen his own participation in German-Chinese relations.
The Federal Chancellor’s visit this year was rounded out with a dinner with the Chinese President Xi Jinping. On June 14, 2016 she ended her trip with a visit to Shenyang in Northeastern China where she viewed the old emperor’s palace from the Qing Dynasty, an industrial museum and the local BMW factory.