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China and Germany – relationship status: it’s complicated

China’s Ambassador Wu Ken hands over pandas to Berlin in December 2019: But Beijing’s panda diplomacy is no longer enough.

Wu Ken visibly tried hard as he addressed the invited guests at the Ritz-Carlton in the heart of Berlin. It actually was the official reception for China’s National Day, but China’s ambassador spoke almost exclusively about 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and China. He praised the courage of the early years and extolled the prosperous cooperation: Today, for example, a trade volume of almost half a million euros is generated per minute, about a thousand times more than in the 1970s. For him, the relations between China and Germany are like a rich and timeless CD that he still enjoys listening to, even after countless times.

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