October 24, 2021

Germany scrambles to offer Biden common ground on China

Germany scrambles to offer Biden common ground on China

Germany scrambles to offer Biden common ground on China

By Sebastian Sprenger
1/26/2021

COLOGNE, Germany — German officials are scrambling to build a common approach to China as a cornerstone of Europe-U.S. defense relations.

An offer to that effect was featured in a congratulatory tweet last week by Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer aimed at newly inaugurated President Joe Biden. The “New Deal,” as she called it, aims for Europe to be an “eye-level partner” for Washington rather than a needy protege.

On China, the tweet goes, Berlin wants a “common agenda,” adding: “as long as it’s compatible with our interests.”

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