"China and Germany: Why the Emerging Special Relationship matters for Europe", ECFR
Berlin and Beijing are forging a new special relationship - and Europe risks being sidelined
The increase in trade between China and Germany during the last decade – and, in particular, in German exports to China – has exceeded all expectations. Germany is China’s number-one trade partner in the EU and China is the top foreign investment destination for German companies.
Based on this emerging economic symbiosis between China and Germany, a “special relationship” is now developing. But is this trade-based relationship damaging wider European strategic interests in areas such as foreign policy, energy and raw materials, climate change and human rights?
In a new ECFR policy brief, Hans Kundnani and Jonas Parello-Plesner argue that a special relationship between Germany and China is emerging:
"The Chinese are thinking about whether a 'German Europe' is emerging from the euro crisis just as we are. They increasingly see Berlin as the place to go to get things done.” - Jonas Parello-Plesner
“Europe’s future relationship with China will be determined by Germany’s rapidly evolving bilateral relationship with China. The danger of this new special relationship is that it could undermine European strategic and economic interests” - Hans Kundnani
The authors argue that the emerging special relationship also matters for Europe and should be developed into a ‘real’ European strategic partnership with China:
Click here to download a copy of the ECFR policy brief: China and Germany: Why the Emerging Special Relationship matters for Europe
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