Russia warns: Germany’s policy towards China must change – now – its policy

And now China. The United States has long been issuing very basic warnings, as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recently said, and Olaf Schultz says: We can’t ignore the other direction. what do we see? Raw capitalism as a communist grimace. This topic is very strong. Also in Germany. Great self-confidence in the case of Russia is not enough at all. Don’t tell anyone that global politics couldn’t get more complicated.

Now it is about the people, the authorities and the relationship with tyrants and tyrants in general. Here, China is at the fore. Also at the forefront of trade with Germany, which again makes this situation precarious. But the shuffle was yesterday.

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China: a great power, a great power. More than a billion people. Germany’s most important trading partner. Eight percent of all German exports go to the People’s Republic of China. More than 5,000 German companies are moving in China, providing one million jobs in this country. modernity is expensive; Prosperity was bought by looking the other way. If this reminds you of Russia, then this dependency – a mistake. It’s bigger

Publications refute all calm

China is present and future everywhere, with battery cells for electric cars, and computer chips, even in rapid Corona tests. However, the dark side has become apparent. If you don’t want to lose face, you can’t deny it: disturbing photos of Uyghur concentration camps – it’s just a first glimpse. The publications refute all the soothing propaganda of the Chinese government.

“We can’t look away,” Olaf Schultz said in Davos.Photo: Fabrice Cofferini/AFP

No one is that fast in growth and big projects, but perhaps no one is that hard, methodical in watching their own citizens – and in repression. To this end, an authoritarian regime is arming itself militarily, and may also claim that there is no motive for expansion, and aggressive behavior in its backyard speaks a different language.

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the situation is dangerous. Liberal democracies face unprecedented challenges. Because everyone knows by now: You can be left behind in the long run. Russia is a warning, China is strong. The giant country aggressively and ruthlessly pursues its interests in power.

In this respect, all the demands are more than justified, that is, Germany needs a strategic reorientation of its policy here, especially in view of their interconnectedness. What are German interests outside economic cooperation?

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The European Union and NATO – again – are part of the answer. You have demands on one of the largest economies in the world, on a leading power in Europe. Germany must clarify for itself and with its partners what needs to be achieved politically and militarily in the long term. European defense, for example, is neither an obsession nor a fantasy – it is, after all, a necessity.

And what does that mean for dealing with China? As Frederick Merz said: Criticism is not a strategy. It should look like this, and everyone agrees with it, Robert Habeck, Annallina Barbock, Olaf Schulz, Christian Lindner: Unpacking. This is the need of the hour.

Do not benefit or participate in forced labour

Three points: Germany should also reduce its dependence on China in general. German companies must not engage in or benefit from forced labor. German officials should address the human rights situation with the Chinese at every opportunity. Definitely open. “Velvet claw,” to pick up Lindner’s word, doesn’t go any further.

However, the all-deciding question posed by Chancellor Schulz at the World Economic Forum in Davos: How do we create a system in which different centers of power work together reliably for the benefit of all? Certainly complicated. But this is global politics. We know now: It was shuffle yesterday. Looking away too.

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