China - Dancing with the Dragon

Between Cooperation and Confrontation

Academic Responsibility

Prof. Dr.-ing. Frank Kemper

Center for Wind and Earthquake Engineering
RWTH Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Ralph Rotte

Institute for political science
RWTH Aachen

Contact Person



18th April 2023


Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm


C.A.R.L. | Room H09

Claßenstr. 11
52072 Aachen


China currently seems to be omnipresent and is shaping numerous topics, problems and social discourses. As China’s economy has grown stronger over the past 30 years, so has its political self-confidence. China is increasingly vigorously defending its own interests and claims on the world political stage. This leads to growing tensions both with neighboring states in the Indo-Pacific region and with the West, with which there is increasing socioeconomic and political system competition, as postulated by both sides. At the same time, due to China’s size and population as well as international economic interdependence, global crises and challenges such as climate change can only be successfully addressed in cooperation with China.

In the lectures of this course we will take a closer look at China’s traditions and values, but also at its politics and economy. We will address current issues such as the new Silk Road, environmental protection, ongoing trade disputes or the human rights situation, which is worth discussing, but we will also look at RWTH’s long-standing ties with China. For example, RWTH has a double master’s program with the elite Chinese university Tsinghua University in Beijing and a joint research laboratory. The more than 2800 Chinese students make up by far the largest group among international students at RWTH Aachen University. The series of events will also offer the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts on the individual topics through various guest lectures, so that student contributions are always possible and welcome.

Program (Please note that the lectures are hold in German)


18th April 2023


Prof. Rotte and Prof. Kemper;
Guests: Rector Prof. Rüdiger, Rector´s Delegate for China Prof. Schröder, Prof. Poprawe, Prof. Kerner
RWTH Aachen University

9th May 2023

China’s Foreign Policy and the Position of Europe

Prof. Rotte
RWTH Aachen University

23rd May 2023

Science vs. Reason of State Using the Examples of Covid-19 and Climate Cooperation.

Prof. Kemper
RWTH Aachen University

13th June 2023

Economic Relations and Dependencies between Germany, Europe and China

Prof. Hinz
IfW Kiel

20th June 2023

Development of German-Chinese Relations in the Field of Education

Ruth Schimanowski
Chief Representative DAAD Office Beijing

4th July 2023

Human Rights Understanding and Practice in China

Dr. Sprick
Uni Köln

11th July 2023


Prof. Kemper and Prof. Rotte
RWTH Aachen

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Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation. If you would like to take an exam, please make sure beforehand how you can get credit for it in your degree program. Of course, you can also take exams without receiving curricular credit for them. Visit our FAQs for more information.

In the following you will find all exams offered in this course. If you register the examination in RWTHonline, you will also find the assignment to the designations displayed in RWTHonline here:



Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)


Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)

Project "Leonardo": Protocol with Analysis

Questionnaire (3 CP, not graded)

Project "Leonardo": Presentation

Term Paper 15-20 pages (4 CP)

Project "Leonardo": Study Paper

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