How a sleepy German village became a major Chinese business hub

  • Published on Feb 21, 2019
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    Until six years ago, Hoppstädten-Weiersbach was a typical sleepy village in southwest Germany. But then a German entrepreneur and his Chinese partner decided to renovate a former US army barracks into a huge business centre for Chinese executives looking to get a foothold on the European market. Since then, 300 entrepreneurs have moved there with their families. Almost one in three residents is Chinese now, and the local economy is benefiting. Our correspondents report.
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Comments • 29

  • Sam Gooi
    Sam Gooi 8 days ago

    Let assumed a mere 0.1% ( yes.. just 0.1% ) of 1.4 billions chinese pop. = 1.4 millions ( bigger than many small nations' pop on earth ) So, what would be the figure ( in thousand ) chinese people " rushing " to germany to take advantage of "free education, residency/ citizen , etc , etc..
    How many chinese people are presently living, working, studying germany. I believed just a very small fraction of 1.4 million people.
    Many of the comments just doesn 't make sense, please go educate yourselves
    further 😕

  • Shaka Zulu
    Shaka Zulu 4 months ago

    Big difference between German White amd the distasteful American white

  • Silver Teede
    Silver Teede 4 months ago +1

    This is how chinese communist filth is taking over. No gun shots but through money and economy

    • cesteres
      cesteres 4 months ago

      @Ron .Lu fair. At least that Chinese dude brought his own wife.

    • Endelig Gnist
      Endelig Gnist 4 months ago

      And that is bad because....?

    • Ron .Lu
      Ron .Lu 4 months ago

      What about those loser-back-home ESL-teaching sexpats coming to China from Western countries.

  • myblueandme
    myblueandme 4 months ago +8

    They will first eat local dogs and later entire Germany

    • Nick Chang
      Nick Chang 4 months ago +2

      So ignorant. At least 99% of Chinese people never eat dogs.

    • Han
      Han 4 months ago

      what a wonderful comment

  • leemsy lazy
    leemsy lazy 4 months ago +4

    Kudos to China. This is soft politics and business. They replace american rapist soldiers with a Chinese business community.

  • Deb Clato
    Deb Clato 4 months ago +4

    Lol, I have chinese friends moving to Germany. They only go to get residency, and give there children free university. Also tax evasion.

  • BiH Robotics
    BiH Robotics 4 months ago +2

    They aren't here to do business but to create a front just to get to immigrate. Right after they get permanent residency this business will disappear.

    • zasddsaf
      zasddsaf 4 months ago

      so... they don't want to keep making money? lol

    • leemsy lazy
      leemsy lazy 4 months ago

      Either way this is a dead military camp.

    LOVE SIMPLETON 4 months ago +3

    The Germans seem fair, although I once got scammed by a German crypto company.

  • vidsurf88
    vidsurf88 4 months ago +12

    Having capitalistic chinese that benefits communities is way better than accepting muslims that tend to be more welfare dependent and insist ppl accept their poisonous idealogies

  • Ciao chef Lev
    Ciao chef Lev 4 months ago

    welcome the Muslim refugees and hostile to the Chinese

  • Vincent
    Vincent 4 months ago

    Very nice video, no way imagined this existed

  • Crispin Dannug
    Crispin Dannug 4 months ago

    What do the Chinese sell and purvey? Knock-offs?

    • Kelvin BAo
      Kelvin BAo 4 months ago +7

      Did you watch the video? Your question makes you look so stupid.

  • Democratic Communist
    Democratic Communist 4 months ago +13

    The Chinese Communist Party is better at capitalism than many capitalists !

    • cesteres
      cesteres 4 months ago

      @noli sarmiento that's communism in practice

    • noli sarmiento
      noli sarmiento 4 months ago

      China is only communist on paper. There's great inequality there and the government prioritizes the rich over the poor.

    • Darkhorseman82
      Darkhorseman82 4 months ago

      @Balla Jallow Hayek had a better mind for economics than Keynes did.

    • leemsy lazy
      leemsy lazy 4 months ago +1

      @steve smith Chinese are intuitive for a fact. They don't build military bases like Americans but business communities

    • Balla Jallow
      Balla Jallow 4 months ago

      Darkhorseman82 what works then?