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German Chancellor's Visit To China Sparks Uproar

The timing of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s imminent trip to China and what signals he will give to Beijing have raised questions at home, a German member of the European Parliament said, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

ng to high fuel costs in Europe.


Photo Insert: Scholz has pledged to use his trip to make the case for Chinese moderation and assistance in calming the situations with Ukraine and Taiwan.



Reinhard Butikofer of the Green Party, which is part of the governing coalition, said in Taiwan that Scholz’s one-day trip is “probably the most controversially debated visit in the country for the last 50 years.”


Scholz, who will visit Beijing on Friday, will be the first European leader to visit China since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Germany has strongly opposed. Beijing has provided Moscow with diplomatic backing, accused the US and NATO of provoking the attack, and scathingly criticized punishing economic sanctions imposed on Russia.



Some in the ranks of Scholz’s three-party governing coalition have questioned at least the timing of his visit. His trips to Ukraine and Russia in February also stirred controversy.


Butikofer, part of a group of European lawmakers visiting Taiwan, spoke to a joint news conference from his hotel room, where he was under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

“Just as in other European countries and the EU, all together China policy will be in transformation in transition for some time,” Butikofer said.


“We cannot return to the China policy of yesterday here, because the realities have changed.”


Government & politics: Politicians, government officials and delegates standing in front of their country flags in a political event in the financial district.

Scholz has pledged to use his trip to make the case for Chinese moderation and assistance in calming the situations with Ukraine and Taiwan. He will most likely tackle Chinese investments, with the US warning about Beijing’s interest in operating the port of Hamburg and having a stake in the manufacture of shipping containers.


Germany is also worried about the supposed plan of chemical manufacturers to relocate their factories to China owing to high fuel costs in Europe.



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