Letzte Aktualisierung: August 9, 2021

'Merkel's China policy is peculiarly outdated'

Green Party politician Reinhard Bütikofer is affected by Chinese sanctions and criticizes the German government's China policy. The "automotive foreign policy" is just as outdated as the idea that change can be achieved through patience. Germany must overcome the illusion of its own inabilities and accept the challenge set by new rivalry. Felix Lee spoke with Bütikofer.

Reinhard Bütikofer (68) has been active in the Society for German-Chinese Friendship since the 1970s. The former federal chairman of the Green Party has been a member of the EU Parliament since 2009. He helps shape European policy on China in Foreign Affairs and Trade Committees. He also chairs the Delegation for Relations with the People's Republic of China and is a member of the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum. And from time to time, his involvement gets him into trouble: since March, he has been blacklisted and is banned from entering China. This punitive measure was part of Beijing's response to European sanctions for human rights violations in the Xinjiang region. Bütikofer had supported the sanctions.
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