Angela Merkel, pictured with Xi Jinping at a panda enclosure in Berlin Zoo, has been a leading proponent of engagement with China. Photo: AFP Angela Merkel, pictured with Xi Jinping at a panda enclosure in Berlin Zoo, has been a leading proponent of engagement with China. Photo: AFP
Angela Merkel, pictured with Xi Jinping at a panda enclosure in Berlin Zoo, has been a leading proponent of engagement with China. Photo: AFP

Germany wants independent China experts as concerns about Confucius Institutes and Beijing’s influence over universities grows

  • Berlin says it is still keen to engage, but does not want to rely on the Chinese-funded institutes for expertise
  • Angela Merkel has been a leading supporter of engagement, but the elections later this year could see a shift in Berlin’s stance

Topic |   China-EU relations
Angela Merkel, pictured with Xi Jinping at a panda enclosure in Berlin Zoo, has been a leading proponent of engagement with China. Photo: AFP Angela Merkel, pictured with Xi Jinping at a panda enclosure in Berlin Zoo, has been a leading proponent of engagement with China. Photo: AFP
Angela Merkel, pictured with Xi Jinping at a panda enclosure in Berlin Zoo, has been a leading proponent of engagement with China. Photo: AFP
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