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A new hand of cards is being dealt. The fact that the German federal election is just a few weeks away has also been an urgent topic for Chinese entrepreneurs for some time, made evident by a question from the head of a large Beijing agency. When Annalena Baerbock was chosen as her party’s candidate for chancellor’s office, he was seeking Chinese voices abroad. He wanted to know what impacts a change in the Greens Parties’ China policy could have on German-Chinese business trade relations. What Baerbock means when she talks about “strategic sovereignty instead of decoupling” in our interview with Felix Lee makes one thing clear: the tone is getting rougher. And the Green Party leader wants to put “China high on the political agenda.”
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“China must be high on the political agenda”
Annalena Baerbock doesn’t think it’s a good idea for Germany to go it alone on China policy – because in her view this weakens Europe’s position. In the interview she explains her positions on economic decoupling and where cooperation with the People’s Republic should take place. The top candidate of the Green Party answered the questions in writing. You can find more interviews with top representatives of German politics ahead of the 2021 federal election here.
What is your priority: clear words on human rights or frictionless trade?
In the fight against the climate crisis, there is no way around cooperation with China. At the same time, a modern trade policy cannot be pursued in isolation from the issue of human rights. What is smooth about trade if it violates human rights and destroys the environment and climate? This also means not always addressing human rights pro forma and ducking out of the way when it comes to money. Instead, we should use the power of our European internal market to protect European values.
Current trade relations with China disregard forced labour and the serious human rights violations against the Uighurs in Xinjiang, for example. However, we can put a stop to this – goods from forced labour would then not be given access to the EU’s internal market. However, with regard to fair market access for foreign investment, legal certainty and a level playing field, there is still much to be done in European-Chinese trade relations.
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