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Two days at Hamburg town hall


Meeting Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, was the highlight for the eight Media Ambassadors who paid two exclusive visits to town hall. The Chinese journalists gathered at the mayor’s office to talk about life, politics and media in Hamburg. In his statements Olaf Scholz emphasized the importance of the city’s ties with China in terms of economic cooperation and trade, politics, cultural exchange and, of course, media exchange projects. The Chinese fellows highly appreciated the fertile discussion with the mayor of Hamburg.

Prior to the meeting with Olaf Scholz the Media Ambassadors met other senior officials of the city of Hamburg. First of all the fellows talked with Dr. Carsten Brosda, Head of the Office for Media in the city’s senat. He is in charge of supporting the media development in the city state of Hamburg. Three topics highlighted the lively discussion. As the aftershock of the NSA incident still continues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and information privacy were talked heavily between Dr. Brosda and the Chinese journalists. They also talked about the future of media in Hamburg and media innovations in our digitalized age. In the afternoon, Mr. Wolfgang Schmidt, Hamburg State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, took collective interviews by the Chinese media delegation. Hamburg’s relations with China aroused big interest among the Chinese fellows.

One day before these meetings the Chinese journalists took a guided tour through Hamburg town hall. The tour left a memorable impression for every participant. Built in 1886 and completed in 1897, the hall represents wealth as well as independence. Carefully decorated paintings in the ballroom tell a story about the history of Hamburg, in which trade and entrepreneurship are deeply embedded in the spirit of its citizens.

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