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Thomas Heberer accompanies Germany’s Federal President during China Visit

The following text is an English translation of the University of Duisburg-Essen’s official press release. Click here to read the German original.

Picture Credits: German Govt./ Marvin Ibo Güngör

Thomas Heberer accompanies Germany’s Federal President during China Visit

Even for an internationally renowned researcher such as himself this invitation is everything but ordinary: Germany’s Federal President Joachim Gauck asked Prof. Dr. Thomas Heberer to accompany him during his official visit to China this spring.

“This request is a tremendous honor and simultaneously a high praise for the East Asian Studies Institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen”, says the China expert.

During his first state visit to the People’s Republic of China from March 20th to March 24th, Joachim Gauck will travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an.

Thomas Heberer had already traveled to China to research the organizational interests of private entrepreneurs and the timing and manner of their influence on Chinese politics. This research endeavor is part of the competence network ‘Governing in China’ subproject at the University of Duisburg-Essen, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF].

Recent developments in the Middle Kingdom are a major interest of Federal President Gauck. He travels to China to encourage the political dialogue and to jointly launch the ‘German-Chinese Year for Student and Youth Exchange’ with President Xi Jinping in Beijing. During his stay in China he meets with artists, students, and representatives of different religious groups.

Press Release of the University of Duisburg-Essen [German language]:

Agenda of Federal President Gauck and his wife Daniela Schadt during their China visit:

News Coverage in German Media:

Stuttgart Newspaper [Stuttgarter Zeitung]

Federal President Gauck in China – The Pastor and the Party [Bundespräsident Gauck in China – Der Pastor und die Partei; German Language]


University of Duisburg-Essen Professor accompanies Gauck in China [UDE-Professor begleitet Joachim Gauck in China]

Rhineland Post [Rheinische Post]

Prof. Heberers accompanies Gauck in China [Prof. Heberer begleitet Gauck in China]