Heribert Dieter: Germany’s New China Policy: Will Berlin Revise its Previously Benign Course on Beijing?

02.05.2022, Vortrag, online

MAY 02, 2022  | 12 PM – 1 PM PDT

Virtual Lecture | Speaker: Heribert Dieter, German Institute for International and Security Affairs | Moderator: Vinod Aggarwal, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  Institute of European Studies, German Historical Institute Washington, Pacific Office Berkeley


For decades, Germany was following a policy on China that emphasized the potential benefits from trade and investment. Berlin hoped that intensive economic relations would contribute to the transformation of the People’s Republic to a democracy and to a market economy. Of course, Germany, or rather some parts of German society, benefitted from this arrangement. The country’s exports to China are larger than the exports of the next ten European Union economies combined. The new German government has embraced a different policy: Like in most other European countries, China is increasingly seen as a competitor and a challenge. The Russian invasion in Ukraine has further strengthened those policy makers who advocate more distancing from China.

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