Our work wouldn't be possible without the financial, moral and active assistance of our supporters, sponsors, cooperation partners, and the many voluntary helpers at events. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all of them.
In recent years, many bridges have been built between the People's Republic of China and the City of Munich: The Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Munich, which was established in 1996, is worth mentioning here, as is the development of economic and commercial relations, the participation of Messe München in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, and cooperation in the areas of tourism, science, research, art and culture. There are also the Munich institutions such as the Chinese Cultural Centre and the China forum Chinaforum Bayern (China forum Bavaria), which have been important catalysts for interaction with the People's Republic of China. And last but not least my own regular lecture tours in the People's Republic of China. Because of my guest professorships at three Chinese universities: Nankai University in Tianjin, Tongji University and Sisu University in Shanghai, exchanges between China and Munich are particularly important to me – both the cultural dialogue and the opportunities for economic cooperation.
At the end of 2007 another bridge was built between the People's Republic of China and Munich with the Confucius Classroom Munich, a platform for intercultural exchange that offers an extensive programme of events and presentations alongside the language courses, and also facilitates educational travel to China and exchange programmes for children and youth.
The City of Munich welcomes this pioneering contribution to mutual understanding and closer ties. That's why I was happy to become the patron of the Confucius Classroom Munich. I thank the Office for Chinese Language Internationally (Hanban), the German Stiftung ex oriente, the team of teachers and all employees, and wish the institute continued success in their work building bridges!
China has become part of our normality. For thousands of years China's share of the global GDP equalled or exceeded their share of the world's population, which was around a quarter. For three decades China has been returning to this normality, which was temporarily lost following the Industrial Revolution. China is more likely to manage this return to normality because it has almost never wasted its resources on expansionism, but rather focused on itself. We parents owe it to our children to prepare them for this new/old normality, both linguistically and culturally. In the same way that in the 20th century we adjusted to the ubiquity of the Anglo-Saxons. It's worth it, both materially and immaterially.
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pöllath
Partner P+P Pöllath+Partners
Honoured directors of the Confucius Institute Munich, Ms Gao Fangfang and Mr Li Kaning:
On behalf of the General Consulate of the People's Republic of China, I would like to congratulate you on the 5-year anniversary of the founding of the Confucius Institute Munich.
The development of the Confucius Institute Munich rests on a solid foundation, and has achieved many productive gains in language training and cultural encounters. Your commitment can be seen both in your hard work and also in the devoted efforts of Sino-German personalities from all social classes.
I hope that the Confucius Institute Munich continues to develop smoothly, and contribute to the development of the Germany-China relationship and depth of international understanding.
Chinese General Consul in Munich