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As concerns about China grow, Germany loosens its embrace

By Bertrand Benoit and Sha Hua

13 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. In its first-ever China Strategy, Germany aims to balance the economic benefits of its relationship with China with the need to manage risks arising from Beijing's increasing authoritarianism. It sees China as an economic partner, but also a rival.

BERLIN—For decades, selling to China has been a key ingredient in Germany’s recipe for economic success. Now, Berlin wonders if its partner has gotten too close for comfort.

On Thursday, Germany released its first-ever “China strategy,” an attempt to balance the relationship’s huge economic benefits with the need to manage risks posed by Beijing’s increasing authoritarianism at home and assertiveness abroad.

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