Germany must ‘be more careful’ with China – Habeck
15 November 2022 | 12:31 pm
Germany needs to diversify its business interests in Asia to reduce dependency on China, Economy Minister Robert Habeck has told DW in Singapore. He said the war in Ukraine helped demonstrate the need to diversify.
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