China’s most famous global initiative enters its second decade even as it remains mostly an empty slogan. Having bought into China’s successful mythmaking, the West has unwittingly helped to keep it alive.
Big on principles and interests, the Strategy needs a dose of realism and focus more on capabilities in a rapidly changing world.
For the first time, Germany has adopted a China strategy. The document focuses on risks and breaks with previous mercantilism. It largely follows EU leadership but falls short of new impulses. The German government…
After lacking clear guidelines for years, Berlin has clearly outlined its national interests and the means to protect and realize them.
As Germany works on its new China strategy, there is a need to comprehensively define an
approach to ties with Taiwan as well.
Almost nobody wanted Olaf Scholz to go to Beijing right after the Party Congress or to approve the acquisition of a port terminal in Hamburg port by China. Still, he did. The result was ultimately not as bad as expected. However, the concerns among Germany’s key allies are rising, Scholz’s coalition partners get increasingly irritated, and a weather-proof German China approach seems as distant as ever.