The tone of high-ranking German politicians towards the People’s Republic of China is intensifying. “Beijing does not want a fair intertwining of supply chains, it wants to gain control over markets and over the political actions of other nations, including Europe, including us in Germany,” warns Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) in an essay commemorating the 40th anniversary of the office of “Coordinator for German-American Cooperation”. With its geopolitical ambitions and powerful claim to dominance, China “has little regard for open society, human rights and living democracy,” the German defense minister writes further. The German business newspaper Handelsblatt had first quoted from the essay.
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