“Fair” and “critical” – this is how the newly elected German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) outlines his idea of a new China policy. A country of China’s size and history has a central place in the international concert of nations, Scholz explained in his first government statement in the German Bundestag. “That’s why we offer China cooperation on humanity’s challenges such as the climate crisis, pandemics, or arms control.” Scholz went on to say, “We offer China fair economic competition for mutual benefit with a level playing field for all.”
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