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Germany and China try to reset relations for a changed world

By Erika Solomon and Nicole Hong

19 Jun 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Germany and China are relaunching government consultations after a three-year hiatus, with strained relations due to Russia's war in Ukraine, Beijing's ties with Moscow, and China's tensions with the US.

BERLIN — When Germany and China launched their government consultations a decade ago, Angela Merkel was still chancellor and their relations seemed an endless opportunity for trade and profit. The dialogues were a time for pomp and circumstance, trade deals and signing ceremonies, red carpets and military salutes.

But on Tuesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Chinese Premier Li Qiang will relaunch the consultations after a three-year hiatus during the pandemic in a very different world — one with new calculations over political vulnerabilities and economic dependencies.

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