Germany and China aim for June summit amid Taiwan tensions

BERLIN ̵1; German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is eager to step up economic and climate cooperation with China and ease tensions over Taiwan as part of high-level government talks he plans to host in June.

Scholz and key cabinet ministers will meet with Chinese counterparts led by Premier Li Keqiang for bilateral government consultations in Berlin on June 20, according to two people familiar with the plans. A third person warned, however, that the date and nature of the talks could still change.

If confirmed, the German-Chinese high-level talks would come nearly a week before the EU leaders’ summit on June 29-30, where EU-China relations will be on the agenda as European Council President Charles Michel. Will be on top. announced This week. EU foreign ministers will also discuss China relations at an informal meeting in Sweden on 12 May.

Germany hopes to use its talks with China to deflect Beijing from escalating tensions over Taiwan, Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock said earlier this month.scary scenarioBerlin also wants Beijing tonot so indirect) Support for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

On the economic front, with China being Germany’s most important trading partner, Scholz’s government is keen to open up the Chinese market to foreign investment – ​​especially as German carmakers want to play a bigger role in the booming Chinese electric vehicle market . Scholz has said he wants German businesses to “reduce risk” from China by diversifying supply chains, but has resisted US calls to end economic ties with the People’s Republic.

Scholz said in Brussels last month, “We are against separation; we are for de-risking.”

Bierbock warned during his recent visit to China that rising tensions in the Taiwan Strait would particularly affect Germany, but also China, as about 50 percent of world trade and 70 percent of global semiconductor production are shipped through these waters. Is.

Berlin also wants to push China, which accounts for about one-third of global carbon dioxide emissions, to play a more ambitious role in fighting climate change.

Finance Minister Christian Lindner plans to visit China in early May to discuss cooperation on financial matters ahead of the G7 finance ministers’ meeting in Japan on May 11-13.

The German government is also preparing its first draft China’s strategyBut officials say the document may be delayed till after the government’s consultations with China.