In the fruitful exchange with IAMO director Prof. Dr. Thomas Glauben and Dr. Zhanli Sun, coordinator of China Research Group, the group learned about the institutes profile and current research topics. In recent years, IAMO has been increasingly engaged in promoting the bilateral scientific exchanges and policy dialogues between China and Germany. Prof. Dr. Thomas Glauben and Dr. Zhanli Sun welcomed the delegation from MARA and after presenting some general information about the institute and its historic development, they particulary highlighted the China Research Group as well as the many China related projects and activities, such as the Sino-German Agriculture Centre. They also talked about the challenges of the rural development, including rural-urban migration, rural infrastructure investment, rural labour shortage, and education and health care in China and Germany. Prof. Dr. Glauben moreover introduced the existing policy measurements in EU and Germany in boosting the rural development. Both sides agreed that mutual exchange and comparison studies will be mutually beneficial and they looked forward to further exchanges in the future.
On 25 September 2019, a delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), China, led by Mr. Jinyao Zong, the director of Department of Laws and Regulations, visited the IAMO.