China Celebrates German Chancellor’s Trip – The Diplomat

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in China on Friday, making him the first head of a G-7 state to travel to China since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a whirlwind visit: At just 11 hours, it was the shortest ever trip to China by a German leader.

The trip was fraught with controversy long before Scholz’s departure, with coalition partners at home and other European governments raising concerns about a possible regression back to the Merkel era, when Germany prioritized economic ties with China over entering counter threats to Beijing’s efforts to effect change. world order.

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It particularly resonated with many observers, along with Scholz what the Economist described as “12 CEOs of German blue-chip firms, including the heads of Merck, a drug company, Siemens, an engineering behemoth, and Volkswagen, the biggest car maker in Europe.” That alone suggested a return to the “business first” approach under Scholz’s predecessor.

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Other concerned observers, in late October Scholz approved a deal for China to buy a partial stake in the German port of Hamburg – despite deep opposition from his own ministers and foreign partners such as the United States.

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Scholz defended his trip as a way “for a frank and honest exchange with China” in a pre-event op-ed published in Politico. The op-ed began with the admission that “


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