In the field of activity entitled Support for Legal Cooperation, the Sino-German Legal Cooperation Programme promotes sustained and regular bilateral dialogue on policy-making and specific rule-of-law issues. This support involves preparing and implementing the annual Sino-German legal symposium as a key element of the rule of law dialogue. The event is organised under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) and the Chinese Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council (LAOSC) in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The goal of this long-term dialogue is for China to assume greater ownership of measures to strengthen the rule of law. By establishing networks of professional associations of legal practitioners in Germany and China and fostering links between individuals working in this field, the programme aims to enhance awareness of rule of law principles within the perceived role of each of the professions.