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A flurry of reviews on Olaf Scholz’s China trip

Despite its brevity, the trip will not be a formality. On Friday, November 4, Olaf Scholes will be in Beijing for just eleven hours, but even before that happens, this first visit to China by the German chancellor promises to be more dangerous than anything Angela Merkel has done – twelve in all. During his sixteen years in power in this country (2005-2021).

Across the Rhine, many critics railed against this rapid transit, willingly considering it unpleasant. According to German right-wing leader Friedrich Merz (Christian Democratic Union), Olaf Scholes ‘Couldn’t pick a worse time’ To go to Beijing, within two weeks of the 20the Chinese Communist Party Congress, “The place where threats of violence have been made against Taiwan and the predecessor of President Xi Jinping, Hu Jintao dragged himself out of the hall before the eyes of the whole world.”. Even within the German government, the date of this official visit, the first by a European leader to China since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, is causing serious unease. “It was the chancellor who decided to make the trip at that time.”Foreign Affairs Minister Annalena Baerbach (Greens) commented on Tuesday 1There is November, from Tashkent.

Chairman of the Communist Party Mr. 12 days after Xi was reappointed for a third term, Mr. Scholes’ tour also comes a week after the chancellor gave him one. Green light to take stake in Chinese public group COSCO At a container terminal in the port of Hamburg. Although it was registered that Cosco could only buy 25% of the shares, not the 35% it had desired, the decision sparked fierce opposition within the German government, with no fewer than six ministers speaking out against a move that would pave the way. Acquisition of strategic infrastructure by a foreign group.

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From 2011 to 2018, Mr. The fact that Scholes was in charge didn’t help matters. “The mayor of Hamburg can make foreign policy like a businessman. But to do so when you are the German chancellor is against the interests of Germany and Europe.writes Thorsten Benner, director of the Berlin think tank Global Public Policy Institute. In an article published Monday, Oct. 31, in the American Journal Foreign policy.

“No clear strategy”

Mr. to Beijing. The green light given to Kosko a week before Scholz’s visit is seen as a very worrying signal by those who believe Germany needs to be more assertive against China.me Merkel. “Scholz is running after a China that no longer exists. As China has changed profoundly, Scholes is ‘Merkeling’ as usual”, German MEP Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens), head of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with China, expressed regret. On the part of this former president of the German Green Party (2002-2008), a member party of the Social Democratic Party Olaf Scholz’s coalition, the accusation is harsh. “The alliance agreement we signed at the end of 2021 makes it clear that Germany will demand more from China. It is to be hoped that the chancellor does not feel bound by this commitment.Mr. Buttikofer regrets it.

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