Schultz: China is an important partner and we need to discuss international risks with it

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed today on Wednesday that China is an important economic partner and we need to discuss common international risks with it.

“We are deeply concerned about security developments in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea,” he added in a speech to the German parliament.

This comes as Taipei announced on Tuesday that China has sent a number record of nuclear-capable bombers in the Taiwan Air Defense Zone, days after Beijing banned the entry of any further Taiwanese imports, in a new indication of the deterioration of relations between the two sides.

And Taiwan’s defense ministry announced on Tuesday morning that 21 aircraft entered the “Air Defense Identification Area” (ADIS) in the past 24 hours, including 18 “H-6” nuclear-capable bombers.

This marks the largest daily sortie for H-6 bombers so far since Taipei began releasing daily raid data in September 2020.

invasion from China

And Taiwan, which enjoys democratic self-government, lives under the constant threat of a possible invasion by China, which considers the island part of its territory and is committed to annexing it, albeit militarily.

Beijing has stepped up military, diplomatic and economic pressure on its neighbor since the election of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who insists on Taiwan independence.

Strengthen relationships

And on November 4, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed from Beijing that he wants to strengthen vital economic relations with China, during a visit that has sparked criticism for Berlin’s heavy dependence on Beijing.

Schultz becomes the first G7 leader to visit China since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which prompted the world’s second-largest economy to shut down in most of its borders.

The Chinese president hints at the possibility of forcibly annexing Taiwan

Scholz said he seeks to “develop” economic cooperation further, while acknowledging differing views on a number of issues.

The visit has aroused controversy, because it comes in light of the high level of tension between the West and Beijing over issues that begin with the Taiwan dossier and do not end with allegations of human rights violations against Beijing.

This and the German and Chinese economies are closely linked. Some in Berlin believe the report is of great importance for Germany, which is experiencing an energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine, and its economy is heading towards recession.

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