Germany-China relationship status: It’s complicated
08 May 2021 | 9:25 am
Germany and China once worked closely together. Now their relations are dominated by conflict. At the latest talks, profitable economic relations collide with systemic rivalry.
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Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged South Korea to invest in Germany's chip industry after meeting President Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul. Scholz also visited the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula.
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