On May 9, Chinese President Xi Jinping called German Chancellor Olaf Scholz shortly after his April visit to Japan. Xi hopes that Germany can maintain Merkel’s pro-China economic policies. Scholz’s first visit to an Asian country was to Japan, not China, unlike his predecessor.

Scholz remarked on April 28 at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that he and Japan are “valuable partners” in punishing Russia for its military actions. The CCP stated that it wants normal commercial and trade relations with Russia, notwithstanding the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Some German corporations are currently suing the German government, claiming that they cannot exist and cannot be transferred to the CCP. These benchmarking events had a “chill impact,” causing other German corporations to observe a shift in government attitudes.

According to Tang Shaocheng, Doctor of Political Science at the University of Bonn in Germany, the new German government has imposed new limits on German-Chinese cooperation. This trend is expected to continue and intensify.

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