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
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

Topic |   China-EU relations
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
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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