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Xi-Scholz meeting injects new momentum into China-Germany, China-EU ties, enhancing political trust

2022-11-05 09:47:53       source:Global Times

November 4, 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on his official visit to China in Beijing on Friday, making him the first European leader to visit China after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The two leaders agreed on enhancing cooperation and maintaining dialogue, rejecting decoupling and bloc confrontation, vowing to further expand cooperation beyond traditional areas into new sectors such as new energy and digitalization and increasing mutual political trust for a stable China-Germany relationship.

Scholz's visit - a short but fruitful one with great significance - is widely believed to inject new momentum not only into China-Germany ties but also overall China-Europe relations, setting an example for other European countries to balance their China policies, as finding a way to coexist with China also serves as touchstone for European strategic autonomy, experts said.

It also sends a clear message to the world that globalization is an irreversible trend as the US ramps up efforts to gang up for forming anti-China small cliques and forge a certain political correctness within Europe of defining China as a rival, and Scholz's visit will encourage and inspire more Western countries' leaders to increase communication with China, experts noted.

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