Around 90 officials of the German Finance Ministry work in other countries all over the world. This series of articles will give you an insight into the everyday lives of our representatives who work at German embassies and with supranational and international organisations. Their job is to monitor and evaluate current developments in financial, economic, monetary and tax policies. The fourth article in the series presents the German Finance Ministry’s activities at the German Embassy in Beijing. This is the third time that Nikolai Putscher is spending several years in East Asia working for the German Finance Ministry. His responsibilities include analysing economic trends in China.