Armin Laschet, the CDU’s candidate for Chancellor, advocates continued dialogue with China. He told Britain’s Financial Times newspaper, “The question is: When we talk about limiting China, doesn’t that lead to new conflicts?” Many Europeans are suspicious of US President Joe Biden’s tough stance on dealing with China. This could lead to a new cold war. “China is a competitor and systemic rival and has a divergent social model, but is also a partner.”
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