Body-language and nonverbal communication

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Interview by the Federal President Gauck (Germany) with the Chinese magazine Caixin on the occasion of his state visit to China from 20 to 24 March 2016.

1. You are paying a four day state visit to China. What is the rationale of your visit to China? What are the highlights of your visit and who are you going to meet with?

First, I have to say that I am coming to your country brimming with curiosity and interest. My visit will take me to Beijing, ………….

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Speech by Federal President Joachim Gauck on the occasion of his visit to the People’s Republic of China, at Tongji University in Shanghai, China

PDF of the speech Gauckrede Englisch

I count it a great honour to speak today at your university which is so steeped in tradition. I would like to offer my thanks to Professor Pei Gang, President of Tongji University. My visit to you is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the development of the Sino-German partnership. And I intend to do that in a moment.

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德国总统约阿希姆·高克 对中华人民共和国进行国事访问2016323日在上海同济大学的讲话

The PDF  of the speech     Gauck Rede chinesisch



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Smog development








Pollution around the world (2005–2014)

Everybody talks about air pollution and many of us suffer from this. There is a good overview referring to the development of air pollution, especially in China. If you like you can have a look how the development was between 2004 and 2014. Ist really astonishing that there are many areas in China where the air improved. 🙂

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Women`s equality development in China

The information office of the State council has issued on Tuesday a white paper on gender equality and women’s development in China. The content refers to immanent economy, women and education, women and health, women and decision-making and so on.

It`s worth looking and thinking about. Equality or men and women is a basic human right because all humans are equal. So this must also be found on all Levels of society, behavior and relationship. In China there is a long history of surpressing women and though having got the same rights some decades ago there is still on the unofficial level a lot of unequal reference to women by society.

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Prohibiting rituals reinforces struggle of survival

Rituals play a very important role in all cultures, in the development of children and in relationship. You cannot live without rituals. Rituals can derive from culture and society, they can also derive from the inner world of children and grown ups. They are part of communication and always embody some Kind of symbolic message.

They express and thus embody personal Needs in a certain way. It is a series of actions or type of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone It can be religious, social and/or personal. ( This reminds me of the discussion in China right now if Christian rituals referring to Xmas should be allowed or not).

On the one hand a ritual mirrors a certain state of communication in a culture or Society. On the other hand it mirrors ………….

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Fatherland, Motherland and Otherland

In Germany we name our country „Fatherland“. I was told that you in China say “Motherland”. Some days ago I found out that there’s another identification you could say.

I will call it “Otherland”.

What do I mean ………….

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Jobs influence the development of stress

Scientists at the University of Cincinnati have found out how big the influence of a specific job on the development of depression is. More than 200.000 people were asked. Here the main result:

The highest risk can be seen in the field of ………….

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Lowest suicide rate in the world

In 2002 the Lancet, a British medical journal, said there were 23.2 suicides per 100,000 people annually from 1995 to 1999. This year a report by a group of researchers from the University of Hong Kong found that had declined to an average annual rate of 9.8 per 100,000 for the years 2009-11, a 58% drop.

Paul Yip, director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong and a co-author of the recent study, says no ……..

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Shi Mingde, the Chinese Ambassador in Germany, on development, trust, justice, innovation and the people

Yesterday I visited the German-Chinese Economical Day 2013 in Cologne which was organised by the Deutsch-Chinesische Wirtschaftsvereinigung e.V. The opening was presented by the Chinese Ambassador in Germany Shi Mingde.

He talked about the possible consequences which will follow the big reforms in China. Among other aspects he pointed out the importance of the economical development and the importance of the “market principle”.

At the same time, and this I will keep in my mind, he pointed out …………..

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