Scholz wraps up China visit with German cultural center, restaurant stops
Published: Apr 17, 2024 06:48 PM
Photo: Xinhua News Agency

Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the  Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrapped up his trip to China with visits to the German cultural center in China - Goethe-Institut and a typical Beijing restaurant on Tuesday.

On the final day of his three-day trip, Scholz visited the Goethe-Institut in Beijing to learn about its work focus and China's cultural and social landscape, according to a post by the Goethe-Institut's WeChat account.

He also participated in discussions with representatives from the cultural and social sectors. One of the attendees, surnamed Sheng, told the China News Service that Scholz asked each participant's field of work and expressed his intention to focus more on Chinese literature.

Scholz said that the exchange with cultural workers had left a deep impression on him, adding that he experienced firsthand the significance of the Goethe-Institut as a space for freedom, where individuals can engage in open dialogue.

Established in 1988, the Goethe-Institut is the first foreign cultural center in China dedicated to promoting the German language, fostering China-Germany cultural cooperation, and disseminating the latest information from Germany, according to the center.

Before visiting the Goethe-Institut, Scholz visited a typical Beijing restaurant in the capital's 798 Art Zone, where he met with journalists in the courtyard.

Scholz's trip to China, began on Sunday and included visits to Chongqing, Shanghai and Beijing. On the last day, he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Following the meeting, Xi and Scholz took a walk and had lunch together. 

In the afternoon of Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Qiang held talks with Scholz and co-chaired a roundtable meeting of the China-Germany economic advisory committee, where they exchanged views with more than 20 participating entrepreneurs from both countries.

Global Times