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New Plan for German-Sino-Hi-Tech-Park in Heidelberg


On May 2nd, 2016, representatives from the Heidelberg and the Beijing District of Haidian have signed a mutual cooperation agreement.  The agreement covers areas of research and development and to set up a joint German-Sino-Hi-Tech-Park.

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New Tax Regulations for Cross-Border E-Commerce


In March 2016, the Chinese government issued two new regulations, which have changed the taxation of imported products bought online from businesses abroad (B2C) via e-commerce platforms. Previously, cross-border online purchases for personal use were mainly treated as individual postal items and taxed as such.

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Investment Opportunities in Industry 4.0 – Industrial Revolution “Made in Germany”


After the mechanization, the electrification and the digitalization of production, the latest industrial trend is made in Germany: Industry 4.0. But what does Industry 4.0 actually mean? What is the status quo? And what are the opportunities for foreign investors?   The Two Components of Industry 4.0   Industry 4.0 basically describes the fusion of […]

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Mutual dependence between China and Germany? Part 2


In the first part of this article we explained the mutual dependence of China and Germany, it’s historic origins and recent challenges. Please click here to read part 1 of this article. The Chinese government is striving to establish China in the highest parts of the global production chain, making use of a three-step plan. […]

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Mutual dependence between China and Germany? Part 1


Glory past, dusty future?   Starting from the Chinese economic reform under Deng Xiaoping in 1978, the Chinese economy has grown at an incredible pace. It established itself as a key economic driver and particularly in the wake of the global economic and financial crisis, becoming a patron for investors across the globe. The Sino-German […]

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Chinese Foreign Direct Investments in the Heart of Europe


Chinese foreign direct investments expanded rapidly over the last decade. From 2005 on, Chinese foreign investments added up to almost 3,5 trillion US Dollar in 2015. This development is predicted to persist and even speed up over the next few years, making China one of the largest investors worldwide. In the past China mostly assured […]

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How to buy real estate in Germany?


Real Estate in Germany is attractive for foreign investors because of its long-term stability and balance of risk and return. ECOVIS Beijing helps you to get your own German home.

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Visa Update: Schengen and Investment Visa


This article gives a small update to the changing Schengen Visa regulations on 12th October and how to deal with it. Additionally, there are some general information about the Investment Visa and how to achieve it.

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Selling your company to Chinese investors


By Richard Hoffmann, ECOVIS Beijing In this article we have a look at the motives of Chinese investors for investing in Germany and how German companies can benefit from the relationship with their new Chinese owners. Motives of Chinese investors for investing in Germany Chinese spending on German firms increased dramatically between 2008 and 2011. Targets of […]

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M&A in Germany: the perfect foreign investment?


By Richard Hoffmann,  ECOVIS Beijing Mid-sized German businesses are a hot takeover target for Chinese companies. German business is known for its innovation and product integrity, a natural match for China’s large market and manufacturing prowess. As this relationship becomes more apparent, Chinese firms are increasingly looking to Germany when they need a new product or new […]

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