North Rhine-Westphalia and China
NRW is the most populous state in Germany. It has two sister city agreements with China. Duisburg’s sister city is Wuhan, which is the epicenter of the CCP Virus outbreak while Cologne is paired with Beijing. Duisburg was one of the first cities in Germany to have engaged in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). One of the key projects under the BRI in the region has been the Duisburg port, which is the world’s largest inland port. It has 8 container terminals from which goods are shipped throughout Europe. About 35 trains run every week between China and Duisburg.
The capital of NRW, Dusseldorf, has more than 600 enterprises funded by the Chinese. Tech companies like ZTE, Huawei, and so on also have offices in the region. As far as NRW itself is concerned, more than 1,100 Chinese businesses operate in the region. In exchange, about 1,000 businesses from NRW have invested in China. In terms of trade, China is basically NRW’s largest trading partner. With this much influence in North Rhine-Westphalia, it was inevitable that the region would see a higher exposure to Chinese people or Germans who visit China. As a consequence, NRW became the hotbed of the CCP coronavirus outbreak.
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