Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock expects Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to convey key messages during his visit to China, such as the importance of human rights, international law and fair competition. “The Chancellor has decided the time of his trip,” said the Green politician on Tuesday in the capital, Tashkent. “Now it’s crucial, the messages that we laid down together in the coalition agreement, the messages that I brought with me to Central Asia have to make it clear in China as well.”
Scholz is expected in Beijing this Friday – there is some strong criticism at the time of the visit and, for example, at Scholz’s approval of the takeover of a share of the Port of Hamburg by a Chinese company. There is concern that Germany’s dependency on the People’s Republic could increase further.
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Baerbock said it was crucial to make it clear to Beijing “that the issue of fair competitive conditions, the issue of human rights and the issue of the recognition of international law is our basis for international cooperation, be it with a view to Central Asia, be it with a view to other regions of the world”. China’s President Xi Jinping had just been strengthened in power at a congress of the Communist Party.
In the conversation with her Uzbek counterpart Vladimir Norow, she “made it clear that we as the federal government are writing a new China strategy because the Chinese political system has changed massively in recent years and our China policy must therefore also change,” said Baerbock.
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“As is well known, we clearly stated in the coalition agreement that China is our partner on global issues. That we cannot decouple in a globalized world, but that China is also a competitor and increasingly a systemic rival,” said Baerbock. “And that we will base our China policy on this strategic understanding and also align our cooperation with other regions in the world.”
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