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De Maizière: Beijing is on a confrontation course

Former German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière is urging NATO to react quickly in the face of a strengthening China. “An inventory of the areas in which China has already created facts that affect NATO in terms of security policy is overdue,” de Maizière said in an interview with China.Table. The CDU politician criticized the lack of an overview: Currently, there is no strategic exchange between NATO members about which infrastructure or companies of security importance China has purchased in individual states. Value chains and other possible dependencies also need to be looked at closely and exchanged and debated among NATO members, the former minister said.

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