Germany scrambles to offer Biden common ground on China
By Sebastian Sprenger
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.”