25 Min

Negotiating in China, with Jörg Wuttke



In this episode of the MERICS China Podcast, Jörg Wuttke talks about negotiations in China. Wuttke has more than 25 years of experience as Chief Representative of the German chemicals company BASF in Beijing. In conversation with MERICS Director Communications and Publications Claudia Wessling, the former President of the European Chamber of Commerce in China shares intriguing stories about learning Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” in negotiations stretching over nearly 200 rounds. He also explains why sometimes enduring silence might be the best approach. And he reveals who he thinks was the most authentic politician to negotiate with Beijing.

If this whets your appetite, make sure to read the comment pieces on the topic of negotiations by our former Senior Fellow and former Indian top diplomat Vijay Ghokale and by our Senior Associate Fellow Charles Parton:

Logos China Horizons, Funded by the European Union

This podcast episode is part of the “Dealing with a Resurgent China” (DWARC) project, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 101061700.

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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