China Speech 2019: On Rise and Fall

On 12 June 2019, Prof. Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg followed the invitation of the German-Chinese Business Association (DCW) in Dusseldorf and delivered this year’s China Speech. Among the numerous guests were also Mr. FENG Haiyang, Chinese Consul General, Professor Christiane Prange (Tongji University Shanghai), Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of HSBC Germany, Harald Lux, Chairman of the Board of DCW, and Professor Dr. Ulrich Lehner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutschen Telekom.

In his speech, Klaus Schweinsberg drew some provocative comparisons between China and the West and discussed a “clash of systems”. Liberalism, democracy, and market economy are under pressure. For various reasons, China poses an enormous challenge, but first and foremost, it is a chance: a rising China forces Europe to finally learn her lessons.

The current development reflects changeover from European expansion to Chinese expansion. Prof. Dr. Schweinsberg observes certain parallels to Zheng He, an admiral of the Ming dynasty. He was the commander of the Chinese treasure fleet. With more than 317 ships and almost 30.000 crew, it was remarkably bigger than all the fleets of all the European powers combined. This made China the undisputed “ruler of the seas”, a trading nation, a force for order, and a hegemon. After the death of the Yongle emperor, China reoriented and focused on domestic affairs, and thus gave way to Europe’s rise on the world seas.

Now, 600 years later, China again left Europe behind in many respects, most obvious in the Road and Belt Initiative. China’s rise and Europe’s fall can be reflected in ten factors: intention, ambition, expansion, education, bureaucracy, rule, monitoring, surveillance, moral, and agility. It is important to note the fundamental difference between Confucian and Western rationalism, once described as an “adaptation to the world” vs. “domination over the world” by Max Weber. (Photos (c) DCW)

Munich Security Conference 2019

Klaus Schweinsberg was once again moderator of the CEO-Lunch at this years Security Conference, taking place in Munich from February 15 -17. High ranking representatives from national and international economy and politics, accepted the invitation from ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger to discuss with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the German Minister of Economics and Energy, Peter Altmaier or the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. (picture: glh)

Expo Real 2018

Klaus Schweinsberg moderated a panel titled “Europe – whither will you? How sustainable is the EU? at the international trade fair for property and investment expo real on October 10 in Munich.  Together with Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, German Institut for Economic Research, Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Catella Property Valuation GmbH, Prof. Tobias Just, IREBS Immobilienakademie GmbH, University of Regensburg, Dr. Christoph Schumacher, Credit Suisse Asset Management and Dr. Hans Volkert Volckens, CA Immo AG he discussed the sustainability of the European Union caught up in the tension between global challenges and rising nationalism and protectionisms. (picture: ©Messe München)

Innovation Day 2018

At the annual Innovation Day on September 26 in Munich, Klaus Schweinsberg discussed with Julia Jäkel, Chief Executive Officer Gruner + Jahr, about how she manages the balancing act between disruption and tradition – and what leadership in times of digitalisation really comes down to. The event hosted by the Serviceplan Group gathered 400 executive board members, managing directors and brand managers and international top speakers from the worlds of business, media and politics.

Dinner Event with Sir Richard Shirreff

“The world is more unstable than it has been for a long time and strategic orientation has become more important than ever”. This was the opening statement by Klaus Schweinsberg during a high class dinner held at the Jockey-Club in Vienna on March 14th. Together with General Sir Richard Shirreff he discussed the “Current geopolitical shifts and the (future) role of Europe“ offering some guidance and unique insights from the military. General Sir Richard Shirreff KCB CBE, was Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 2011 to 2014 and is respected across NATO countries and beyond as one of the leading strategists of his generation. Sir Richard’s fictional novel War with Russia, based on his military experience, was published in 2016. (picture ©glh)