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Germany and China cooperate in the field of youth policy, with IJAB supporting the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in managing the first few steps in the process and establishing a dialogue between the participating organisations.


On 14 September 2006 an  agreement was signed between the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and the All-Chinese Youth Association of the People's Republic of China on cooperation in the field of child and youth services. This agreement prepared the ground for a cooperation between the People's Republic of China and Germany in the field of youth policy now and in future. Besides an exchange for experts working in child and youth services and for representatives of youth associations and organisations, the cooperation also involves an exchange of experiences on child and youth services.

Bilateral exchanges

BMFSFJ and the All-Chinese Youth Association of the People's Republic of China have held regular bilateral expert meetings to exchange information on current youth policy developments since 2007. One point on the agenda of these meetings is always the annual exchange for experts from Germany and China on current child and youth services issues. The minutes of the latest meeting on bilateral cooperation (German/Chinese) were adopted in May 2014 in Qingdao/China. The next bilateral exchanges are scheduled for March 2015 in Germany.

Cooperation: how it all began 

This partnership on youth began with an event on an impressive scale: an exchange between 400 German and 400 Chinese young people an exchange between 400 German and 400 Chinese young people. Wen Jiabao, the then Premier of the People's Republic of China, had come to Germany on a state visit in 2006 and on that occasion issued an invitation to 400 young Germans to come to China. They subsequently travelled in four separate groups to China in 2007 and 2008, organised by IJAB on behalf of BMFSFJ. Two of these 100-strong delegations travelled with support from Deutsche Sportjugend and Pädagogischer Austauschdienst. In October 2008, 400 young Chinese responded to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel's counter-invitation to visit Germany.

Exchanges for experts 

Since 2009 the cooperation has focused mainly on organising exchanges for experts working in child and youth services. Previous priority themes have been media and youth, volunteering and international volunteer services, and the integration of disadvantaged young people.

To bring together the various actors working in the youth field, encourage a more intensive exchange at the technical level and prepare the ground for concrete cooperation projects, in March 2012 the 2. Deutsch-Chinesische Partnerkonferenz (2nd German-Chinese Partners' Conference) took place in Frankfurt. The next partner's conference will take place over the course of 2014 in China.

Activities in 2014:

Activities in 2013:

Activities in 2012:

Background information

>> Country information on China:, a website run by IJAB, offers general and youth policy-related information on currently 18 countries.
>> Glossary of child and youth services termsch: German – Chinese: On behalf of BMFSFJ, IJAB publishes bilingual glossaries of child and youth services terms in various languages.

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