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"Never again be so dependent on a country that doesn't share our values"

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has warned against German dependence on China with a view to the Chinese entry at a terminal in the port of Hamburg.

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"Never again be so dependent on a country that doesn't share our values"

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has warned against German dependence on China with a view to the Chinese entry at a terminal in the port of Hamburg. It is the task of politics to learn from mistakes, said the Greens politician in an interview with the ARD program "Report from Berlin". "And that's why I think it's absolutely important that we never again make ourselves so dependent on a country that doesn't share our values ​​that we end up in a situation like the one we're seeing now with a view to the war in Russia we are limited in what we can do.”

China does not comply with human rights standards and competition rules. “Human rights are not respected in your own country. Using forced labor is an absolute destruction of fair competition rules, because: In Europe you are rightly not allowed to do that.” She therefore does not believe in saying that values ​​are on the one hand and interests on the other.

A second distortion of competition lies in the Chinese rules on foreign investments. “China prohibits foreign companies from investing in their infrastructure, prohibits companies from being active in China – in case of doubt without joint ventures. And we then allow all this in our country?”

The federal cabinet decided on a so-called partial ban on Wednesday. According to this, the Chinese group Cosco can only acquire a share of less than 25 percent in the container terminal - instead of the planned 35 percent. In a protocol statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other departments had expressed serious concerns about the cabinet's decision on Chinese entry into the port terminal.

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