GERMANY WARNS CHINA NOT TO DIVIDE EUROPE, BUT THE PROBLEM IS EUROPE IS ...
In last Wednesday's News and Views from the Nefarium I offered some speculation about German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel's "no US nuclear weapons on German soil" statement. It seems that Herr Gabriel has been a busy man, particularly where China is concerned. Only last year, for example, this article appeared in Politico:
Then the problem was, it seems, that while China was snapping up German and other European companies on the cheap, German investors were unable to do the same in China:
As Chinese acquisitions in Europe skyrocket, anger in Germany is growing over Chinese companies pushing into the market, some of them backed by governmental programs, at a time when German investors have limited market access in China.“It’s not on that Germany sacrifices its companies on the altar of free markets, while at the same time our own companies have huge problems investing in China,” said Gabriel, who is also German economy minister, during a heated Q&A following a speech in Berlin last week.
In a piece published in Die Welt, the Social Democrat launched another broadside against China’s trade practices. “If you want to invest in other parts of the world, you can’t block those countries from investing in your own,” he wrote.
But there's more on this looming split between Germany and China, as this more recent article shared by Mr. B. demonstrates:
The problem, as Herr Gabriel sees it, is that China is attempting to divide Europe:
BEIJING (AP) — China expressed dismay Thursday after Germany's foreign minister said Beijing should not "attempt to divide us" following complaints China uses its status as an investor to influence European Union decisions.
The comment by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel comes amid rising European complaints about Chinese market access, steel and other issues. Germany is increasingly vocal in pushing Beijing to resolve complaints it is violating its market-opening pledges."We are shocked by Mr. Gabriel's remarks," said a foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, at a regular news briefing.
"We hope that he can clarify that what he means by 'one Europe,' and whether there is a consensus on 'one Europe' among EU members," said Hua. "We hope and believe his remark about China's attempt to split Europe does not represent most European people's thinking."During a visit to Paris on Wednesday, Gabriel called for a common European stance on China and said Beijing "should have a 'one Europe' policy that doesn't attempt to divide us."
European officials also complain Beijing has tried to blunt a common European response on trade disputes by offering concessions to individual governments.
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