Letzte Aktualisierung: December 2, 2021

Baerbock strives for 'dialogue and toughness' towards China

As German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock does not want to "gloss over or hush up" critical issues in the dialogue with China, but rather face the "systemic competition". Above all, she wants to work toward joint European solutions and put an end to Germany's unilateral approach. Experts believe Baerbock can create a European and transatlantic consensus among allies with this program. However, there are also concerns about a break with Beijing.
Shortly before taking office, German Foreign Minister-Designate Annalena Baerbock (Greens) outlines her program for dealing with the challenge China poses in the future. According to the program, she wants to find much clearer words towards the People's Republic than her predecessors. "Dialogue is the central building block of international politics. But that doesn't mean you have to gloss things over or hush things up," Baerbock said in an interview with China.Table editor Felix Lee and journalists from the daily newspaper (taz). "A foreign policy that puts differences first leads just as much to a dead end as one based on blocking out conflicts." For her, "values-driven foreign policy is always an interplay of dialogue and toughness."
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