Germany ditches China after a prolonged China-specific approach. The fourth-largest economy of the world and strongest in the European Union has finally drifted away from China-first policy. The Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Mass quoted saying,
“We want to help shape (the future global order) so that it is based on rules and international cooperation, not on the law of the strong. That is why we have intensified cooperation with those countries that share our democratic and liberal values.”
India, Japan, Australia, and ASEAN countries are already working on a stronger India Pacific strategy. This ranges from the new supply chain, naval exercises, defense ties to technology partnership. The United States is closely monitoring and partnering all these developments.
This is a major jolt to Chinese diplomacy. Germany has been very close to Beijing in the last few years. Chancellor Angela Markel has visited China almost every year. But what makes Germany take a new approach? Well, the Chinese Communist Party needs to blame itself for it.
Why Germany ditches China?
Germany is looking to build an India Pacific strategy based on rule of law and open market. The Chinese Communist Party almost compelled Germany to switch sides.
China accounts for almost 50% of Germany’s trade in the India Pacific region. With the increasing dependence and close ties, Germany hoped that Beijing would open the market for them. Well, as it has always been, China never did that.
But that was not it. German companies in China were forced by the Communist Party to handover the technology.
European Union and China failed to resolve an investment treaty. The rising dependence of the European Union on Beijing was only increasing and there was no way a solution could be reached.
Add, the human rights abuse concerns into it. The draconian National Security Law imposed on Hong Kong has already attracted criticism for all quarters for Beijing. The concentration camps for Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, the oppression in Tibet and Inner Mongolia is no longer secret to the world. At least, the world now does not behave like Pakistan, who choose to ignore the plea of the Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Mongolians.
The debt trap of China on smaller countries in the name of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has added fuel to the fire.
Last but not least was the last attempt by CCP to normalize the relation with the European Union. Wang Yi, the foreign minister of China, went on a diplomatic tour to five nations of Europe, including Germany. The tour was meant to charm the partners and strengthen the ties at a time when the world is getting united against the CCP. However, he made things worse. After the tour, the rift between the European Union countries and Beijing grew even more.
In short, the Chinese Communist Party has forced Germany to reverse the Pro-Beijing policy of Merkel.
European Union has already termed China as ‘strategic competitor’ last year. Germany now would work on India Pacific strategy closely with France. Berlin is expected to build a block of support on this. The block is already out against China. The UK and France have already started freezing Chinese telecom giant Huawei out of the 5G race.
The new German Policy on India Pacific is obviously going to be not so Pro-China. CCP has Germany as a powerful partner in the EU, but they lost it, because of their ignorance, arrogance, and hostility.