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Xi and Scholz hold phone conference

As expected for some time now, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone conference. According to official statements, both pleaded for deeper cooperation during their talk on Tuesday. Xi also argued that regional problems should be solved through dialogue and that a “Cold War mentality” should be firmly rejected, according to a report by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. It is the usual tone that China uses to solicit a cooperative attitude from the EU and Germany. Immediately after the new government took office, Beijing had already called for stable relations – especially given the more critical stance of the new Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, for example.

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