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Chinese, Germans promote understanding

CNC report from Beijing
Added On May 26, 2013

Speak of people-to-people exchange...

As trade between the two countries keeps growing in the past decades, more Chinese and German people have the chance to work in the other country and get to know each other better.

Here we have two of them.

With robust growth and vast market, China has become a magnet for world businesses.

And that doesn't limit to the opening of new factories.

Some have also set up headquarters in the world's second largest economy.

Last year, Germany's leading chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer moved its global headquarter for healthcare business to Beijing.

The decision also brought Andre Schmidt, a Berlin local, to the capital of a far-away Asian country.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) ANDRE SCHMIDT, VP, Bayer Healthcare:
"Bayer moved one of the global headquarters to Beijing for primary care. And I was asked whether I would like to go to Beijing and head up the department. My previous times I've been to China a couple of times. I always liked it. So when they asked me whether I like go to Beijing, it was really a good opportunity for me. I agreed."

Can't speak Chinese, though, Schmidt has no trouble living in Beijing.

He plans to spend three years in this 3-thousand-year-old metropolis.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) ANDRE SCHMIDT, VP, Bayer Healthcare:
"It's great. I'm still working in global surroundings. We not only have colleagues from China, but also Japan, Pakistan, Bulgaria and from all around the world. Many Germans as well. So it always feels like global, very diverse and international. I think that's what attracts me most in Beijing also. I'm having a global position out of China. And that is really very interesting."

Last year, Bayer Healthcare ripped 4.5 billion U.S. dollars in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The great China area has become its third largest signal market around the globe and the largest in Asia.

As the company's regional marketing head, Hu Ziping has witnessed the sound development of their business.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) HU ZIPING, Bayer HealthCare Central Market (N China)
"The pace was very fast. The team is dedicated, diligent and responsible. I was happy, though I have to do chunks of work everyday and travel a lot."

And Hu also experienced the cultural discrepancies at the headquarters of Bayer in Berlin...

Where she had worked for two years.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) HU ZIPING, Bayer HealthCare Central Market (N China)
"German people are very punctual. They are people of rule. Say, if the meeting is scheduled at 9:58 (two to nine), they won't start at nine, or 9:57 (three to nine). It must be the exact time."

But she says Chinese and German people do share some common values.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) HU ZIPING, Bayer HealthCare Central Market (N China)
"German people weigh their family a lot, like we Chinese people. Most of them would spent more time with their family than hanging out with colleagues."

Now, Bayer's business in China is in full swing, with plants and research and developing centers to be built across the country.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hopes his trip to Germany could further advance the two countries' strategic partnership.

And that starts from the improved understanding of their people.