Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida receives German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: dpa
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida receives German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: dpa

Germany’s Olaf Scholz visits Japan, not China, on first Asia trip

  • His predecessor Angela Merkel, in contrast, made her first visit to China, which she travelled to twice as often as Japan
  • German lawmakers just passed a Ukraine war petition that includes a clause calling on Scholz to threaten to punish China if it helps Russia circumvent sanctions

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida receives German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: dpa
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida receives German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: dpa
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