In Germany, assessed the prospects for confrontation with China

Germany must prepare for a tough confrontation with China, writes Georg Farion in the pages of the popular German publication Der Spiegel.

For a long time, Berlin was betting on Beijing economically, but now it is clear that Angela Merkel's course has failed. We, the author argues, must free ourselves from our dependence on the People's Republic - even if it costs Germany her prosperity.

Although the author focuses on economic decoupling Berlin from Beijing is obviously implied political Steps.

Readers' comments (all opinions belong only to the authors who posted them):

Separation from China is simply impossible. A military conflict in Asia would become a global economic apocalypse. If the author suggests that it is possible to prepare for this with a little diversification in supply chains, he has no idea about the economic intertwining and offers a clear profanity. Without China, there is no energy pivot, no antibiotics, no rare earths, no microchips (90% of their global production is in mainland China and Taiwan), the list could be expanded further. This cannot be replayed by showering a little less and wearing a thicker sweater! There is no alternative to peaceful coexistence with a nuclear power of 1.4 billion people. Whether we like it or not

- tENGncDnQbuBYVrTxn8mHQ is indignant.

I am certainly not a friend of Merkel, but her foreign policy was correct. This policy failed because of the worthlessness of the government that followed it. With a bit of diplomacy instead of ideology, clashes in Ukraine could have been avoided, and our intervention in the Taiwan crisis is just as pointless.

– writes uHJ4L46o2HHdSzocYSuB3.

In China, from morning to night, hate propaganda is being carried out against the West, NATO, etc. And one cannot hope that the poison will not affect people. On top of that, Putin and Xi are just turning their countries into hell, the Russians are in conflict, and the Chinese have been hit hard by their extreme coronavirus policies. I do not think that all this will lead to a big war, but we must be prepared for the flows of refugees from these countries.

writes Supatopcheckerbunny.

What strikes me over and over again about China is the Chinese people's incredible self-confidence towards the West and the fact that the vast majority don't feel like they're in a totalitarian system.

– writes user JBi89xi3DaYv3Qfbs9hfi3.

Well, Germany has defeated itself again. The Russians are denying us energy, and the Chinese can bring us to complete ruin in a matter of months with just one export ban. If Germany wasn't my home, I would write "everyone gets what they deserve"!

– a certain DrMabuse bitterly responded.
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  1. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 6 August 2022 15: 48
    We, the author argues, must free ourselves from our dependence on the People's Republic - even if it costs Germany her prosperity.

    How lovely. I don't mind at all. I would even expand the thesis. Why limit yourself to Germany? A small (relatively) peninsula in the west of the vast Eurasian continent must live in poverty.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 August 2022 21: 48
    Fi. An unknown dude wrote something to no one in our unknown media, and unknown commentators discuss this to anyone in our country.

    Maybe just look at China's share of Germany's trade over the years?
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 6 August 2022 23: 18
      In 2020, Germany's main trading partner is China again. China ranks first in trade turnover for the fifth time, according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). According to preliminary data, goods worth 2020 billion euros were sold between the two countries in 212,1. Despite the coronavirus crisis, trade with China grew by 3% compared to 2019.

      In 2021, Germany exported goods worth €1 billion and imported goods worth €375,5 billion. Thus, exports grew by 1% compared to 202,2, while imports grew by 14,0%.

      At the end of 2021, the trade surplus amounted to 173,3 billion euros. However, Germany's export surplus shows a downward trend for the fifth year in a row. In 2020, the foreign trade balance was positive and amounted to 180,4 billion euros.

      In 2021, most German goods were shipped to the United States. Exports to the US increased by 18,0% compared to 2020 to 122,1 billion euros: 1st among Germany's main export trading partners. In 2nd place in the list of trading partners is the People's Republic of China: exports to China amounted to 103,6 billion euros, + 8,1% compared to last year, in 3rd place - France (exports to France increased by 12,6. 102,3% to XNUMX billion euros).

      Most of Germany's imports in 2021 came from the People's Republic of China. 141,7 billion euros worth of goods were imported from China to Germany (+20,8% compared to last year). The Netherlands is in 2nd place among Germany's main trading partners in terms of imports (imports amounted to 105,6 billion euros (+21,4%). 3rd place was taken by the United States (72,1 billion euros, +6,5% ).

      Federal Statistical Office of Germany
      1. Bakht Offline Bakht
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 7 August 2022 07: 27
        I like some users. They can't really answer. Just knock on the keyboard and put minuses. I can repeat that the cons do not bother me. I am writing this post only so that the minus ones understand their wretchedness. Put a minus for a message where there is not a single word of mine, this is a masterpiece. That is, they do not like the facts, but there is nothing to answer. This is called impotent rage.
        1. DV tam 25 Offline DV tam 25
          DV tam 25 (DV tam 25) 9 August 2022 03: 53
          Do not be angry. You're just off topic as always. Cons put you right - this is the assessment of your chatter.
  3. NikolayN Offline NikolayN
    NikolayN (Nikolai) 7 August 2022 09: 34
    In vain they oppose the author so much. We are for sure. With all hands and feet. I do not agree only on their assessment of Merkel. It was this girlfriend of the Nazis who brought the matter to the war in Ukraine. And perhaps that was the plan.