Thomas König is China Director at Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer (DIHK). He is co-author of the book So schafft man China and China – Mastering Business and every-day life, now in its 3rd edition.

Through his work in China at the European Chamber of Commerce in China in Beijing and the world’s largest German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, which serves more than 1500 member companies, König has gained deep insights into German-Chinese trade and economic relations as well as all issues affecting Sino-European relations.

König holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and Master’s Degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He completed a bilingual semester at Peking University, gained years of experience in the think tank world as Asia Programme Coordinator at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in London and Paris, and developed training programs for Chinese UN diplomats at the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva.

Last Updated: December 5, 2023



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