torsdag 9. desember 2021

Is Germany’s New Government Going to Break With China?

During her 16 years as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel faced a complex, multipolar world that challenged her on various fronts. Perhaps one of her primary strengths was succeeding in remaining loyal to Germany’s alliance partner, the United States, while keeping precarious relations with Russia halfway intact and even establishing an essential partnership with China while integrating the latter into global and regional responsibility.

Merkel had primarily seen China as an economic partner, indispensable for Germany’s and Europe’s prosperity, a sales market for German companies and their proclivity for exports. She withstood the binary choice to either be on Washington’s side or Beijing’s. Her approach was pragmatic, not ideological.