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Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul
Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul© GKChengdu/Schmidt

Dear readers,

It has become quiet in the Consulate General; half of the workforce is on a well-deserved Christmas vacation. Some flew to their families in Germany before the new Corona variant became known, others are staying in Canada. In view of the constantly changing pandemic situation, we hope that all of our colleagues and their families will return safe and sound in the New Year!

The consular service will of course also be available “between the years”. With the exception of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, we  will be available for your inquiries, and appointments booked in the consular section can be kept as normal. Many thanks to those colleagues who are holding the fort!

December brought far-reaching changes for German politics. The Merkel era came to an end and the new coalition began its work. The new Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and his Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Bündnis 90 / DIE GRÜNEN) introduced themselves personally to their European counterparts immediately after taking office. We are excited to see when they will find their way to Canada for the first time. This, too, will of course be largely dependent on the further development of the pandemic situation. As we have heard, Ms. Baerbock and Canada’s Foreign Minister Mélanie Jolie got along well straight away when they first met at the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Liverpool - not only because they are both self-confident young women, but also because they have the same objectives in many areas of politics. For example, the climate policy, which must be tackled together in order to achieve success.

So there are exciting times ahead of us!

I would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! By the way – a good way to get into a festive mood is with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio highlighted below. I had the chance to attend EMV’s sold-out performance at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Most impressive and highly recommendable!

Stay healthy and please remain loyal to us in the future!

Best regards,

Hans Stocker
Deputy Consul General



Curriculum Vitae

Consul General Dr. jur. Klaus Schmidt
Born November 27, 1956 in Würzburg
Married, two children


1976 - 1981

Law Studies
University of Würzburg

1981
1st State Exam
1981 - 1984
Practical Training
1984
2nd State Exam
1991
PhD (Dr. jur. utriusque)
1985 - 2003

Press and Information Office
Federal Government Bonn/Berlin


Assignments and Entry to the Foreign Office

1987 - 1988

Press Section
German Consulate General Los Angeles, USA

1991 - 1995

Head of Press and Information Department, Visa and Consular Section
German Embassy Ottawa, Canada

2003 - 2005

Head of Division K 01
Political and Public Relations abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2005 - 2008

Political Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2008 - 2011

Head of Division 603 and 608
Multilateral and Media Policy / Public Diplomacy abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2011

Head of Cultural Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2012 - 2015

Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Economic Section
German Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 - 2018

Consul General
German Consulate General Chengdu, China

since 8/2018

Consul General
German Consulate General Vancouver, Canada


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