German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries waves as she arrives for a group photo on the second and last day of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, on May 15. Photo: EPA

Why Europe and the US cannot afford to ignore China’s belt and road

Michael Clauss says Europe must dial in to the China-led infrastructure project, given its massive scope and impact, and seek to bring to the table as an added draw its trademark focus on local content and transparency

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German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries waves as she arrives for a group photo on the second and last day of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, on May 15. Photo: EPA
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Michael Clauss

Michael Clauss

Michael Clauss has been Germany’s ambassador to China since 2013. Before taking up the ambassadorship, he was the director general for European Affairs at the Foreign Office in Berlin.