Germany pushes for a reset in ties between the West and China

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer  believes the West and other like-minded partners must square up to an increasingly assertive China.
German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer believes the West and other like-minded partners must square up to an increasingly assertive China.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - As a transatlantic reset looms on the horizon after United States President-elect Joe Biden takes charge of foreign policy next year, Germany believes a reset in relations with China should follow.

Traditionally reserved in its foreign policy, Germany was at the forefront of a push-back from Europe when President Donald Trump threatened a trade war and undermined both the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) by encouraging Britain's exit from the EU and accusing European governments of not spending enough towards their own security.

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