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Kramp-Karrenbauer justifies frigate trip

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has explained the planned deployment of the German Navy in the Indo-Pacific in a video conversation with Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe. The frigate “Bayern” is to set off for Asia in August, passing through waters that China considers its own territory. During the talks, the German defense minister once again referred to Germany’s interpretation of the legal situation in the South China Sea, the defense ministry said on Tuesday. Germany considers a July 2016 arbitration award to be valid (China.Table reported). This declared China’s claims to vast maritime areas as largely legally invalid. Human rights issues and the situation of the Uyghurs were also topics in the talks. fin

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