Wolfgang Mueller advises on China-Europe labour relations. Previously, he worked for IG Metall for 15 years and has established a network for labour representatives in Chinese-invested companies.

Chinese Investors in Germany: A Threat to Jobs and Labour Standards?

While the German economy is generally quite open to FDI, Chinese investors in the country have been facing widespread mistrust, a feeling reinforced by concerns related to transfers of know-how and the relocation of jobs to ‘low-cost’ China. In order to gather empirical evidence about the actual impact of Chinese investment in Germany and confront prejudice, Wolfgang Mueller carried out a survey on 42 of about 70 Chinese-invested companies in the country with more than 150 employees, covering the manufacturing, logistics, and service sectors.

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