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Status: 22.06.2024 08:57

Robert Habeck is assembly with representatives of the state and get together management in Beijing at the moment. These will not be simple talks for the Federal Minister of Economics – however there will likely be no assembly with the Prime Minister.

Benjamin Eyssel

The hoped-for assembly with Prime Minister Li Qiang, quantity two in China after head of state and get together chief Xi Jinping, has not taken place. Federal Economics Minister Habeck mentioned in Beijing that he doesn’t know why. The Green politician's delegation mentioned that the assembly couldn’t be scheduled.

The Greens are thought-about to be significantly important of China within the federal authorities. Beijing will definitely not overlook that Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock known as Xi Jinping a dictator in September. It is unclear whether or not there’s a reference to the cancellation. However, the Chinese facet is claimed to have been hesitant prematurely to verify appointments for the Federal Minister of Economics, who arrived in China on Friday on his journey to East Asia.

Criticism of friendship with Russia

Habeck criticized China's shut friendship with Russia. “Trade relations are growing and the Chinese are buying Russian raw materials cheaply, that is without question and in my view that is wrong.” This can also be addressed in the identical approach that each one European and American ministers and heads of presidency all the time do, mentioned Habeck.

“But China is also losing something, namely increasing independent access to the European market. This European economic security strategy is a direct response to that, so you can't just see it as a one-sided thing: China is supporting Russia, but they are also losing something. I think that will be clear to China.” Otherwise, he’ll deal with it once more, Habeck assured.

Car firms worry retaliation for particular tariffs

Germany and different European nations need much less financial dependence on China and try to diversify. However, German automotive firms are nonetheless very depending on the Chinese market. They now worry retaliation for the European particular tariffs on electrical vehicles made in China. The EU Commission introduced the tariffs final week – in response to disproportionate Chinese subsidies for the business. This can also be definitely a subject of debate.

But climate-damaging CO2 emissions will even be mentioned. In addition to being the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Habeck can also be the Federal Minister for Climate Protection, and China is the most important CO emitter on the planet.

Also: human rights. “Human rights are always an issue, or rather the observance of human rights and pointing out that human rights are not something that can be done as a footnote.” Human rights are central to Europe and Germany and in addition to Habeck “in all actions that we carry out with one another or especially in economic activity,” mentioned the minister.

Germany nonetheless an vital accomplice

Despite all of the factors of competition, Germany remains to be an vital financial accomplice for China. Habeck is travelling with representatives of firms, primarily from medium-sized companies.

The state and get together management are effectively conscious of the significance, says Max Zenglein from the China analysis institute Merics in Berlin. “German investors are still among the largest investors in China. Even in recent years, when other countries have at least invested more cautiously in China, German companies have played an important role.”

Germany continues to be vital for entry to expertise and performs a key position in how the EU positions itself in direction of China. “In that respect, it is an important relationship that China has.”

In the afternoon, Economics Minister Habeck will fly on to Shanghai, the place the agenda will primarily embody enterprise conferences. After a go to to the town of Hangzhou, which has a inhabitants of 1 million, tomorrow, he’ll return to Berlin.