Angela Merkel reminds us why she deserves China’s friendship medal
By: Tom Rogan
08 April 2021
On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel reminded Xi Jinping why she’s China’s greatest western partner. She also forced President Biden to consider whether or not Germany is still a close U.S. ally.
In a phone call with the Chinese president, Merkel hit all the right notes — for Beijing’s purposes. The German chancellery has not yet released its own readout of the call, but Beijing’s assessment is glowing. Shared across the array of Chinese state media outlets, it notes that “Merkel said that the [European Union] insists on autonomy in foreign relations. Today’s world is facing many problems and challenges, and Germany-China, EU-China cooperation is even more needed.” The readout adds that “the German side attaches great importance to China’s 14th Five-Year Plan and expects that this will bring new and important opportunities for German-China and EU-China cooperation.”