De-coupling from China would be the wrong way to go, Germany warns

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Brussels
FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wears a protective mask during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Brussels, Belgium April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool

April 21, 2021

BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union needs to engage with China despite many differences instead of opting for a more isolationist approach, Germany said on Wednesday.

“In the EU, we have been describing China as a partner, competitor and systemic rival at the same time,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said ahead of a virtual meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

“In all these three dimensions we need strong, sustainable communication channels with Beijing. De-coupling is the wrong way to go.”

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Madeline Chambers)