German Fear

  • The German-Chinese paradox
  • Marcus Hernig

“German Angst” is a term that originated in the USA and is now part of the English language repertoire. “Angst” in English means (from the German) “existential fear”. This feeling, deeply rooted in the German soul, comes strongly to the surface when it comes to China. Actually, relations with China are positive both economically and in terms of foreign policy. German-Chinese joint ventures work well together, German SMEs are ten times more present in China than vice versa. Nevertheless, this “fear of China” exists.

Marcus Hernig illuminates the paradox of German-Chinese relations, discusses possible causes and makes a plea for the courage to confront China openly, self-confidently and above all without arrogance.

Hernig has a doctorate in sinology, is a publicist and author. Since 1992 he has lived primarily in China and has worked several times for the Goethe-Institut in East Asia.

In cooperation with the China-Initiative Heidelberg e. V.


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