German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here shaking hands with President Xi Jinping in 2018, has made 12 trips to China and been a dependable ally of Beijing. Illustration: Perry Tse
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here shaking hands with President Xi Jinping in 2018, has made 12 trips to China and been a dependable ally of Beijing. Illustration: Perry Tse

EU-China ties hinge on Germany’s political future as reign of Beijing ally Angela Merkel nears its end

  • During her 15 years as German chancellor, Angela Merkel visited China 12 times to foster the relationship, but her legacy could suffer if an EU-China investment treaty is not secured
  • The tide seems to be turning, with Huawei, Hong Kong’s national security law, trade and human rights abuses fraying EU ties with China

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here shaking hands with President Xi Jinping in 2018, has made 12 trips to China and been a dependable ally of Beijing. Illustration: Perry Tse
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here shaking hands with President Xi Jinping in 2018, has made 12 trips to China and been a dependable ally of Beijing. Illustration: Perry Tse
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