How China’s State-Led Industrial Policy Is Exploiting Germany’s Open Markets

Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hangzhou, China, Sept. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Etienne Oliveau).
Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hangzhou, China, Sept. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Etienne Oliveau).

Earlier this month, German Finance Minister Sigmar Gabriel spoke frankly with his Chinese counterpart, Gao Hucheng, about his concerns over Chinese takeovers of German firms, while also dismissing rumors of a serious trade dispute. In an email interview, Björn Conrad, the vice president of the Mercator Institute for China Studies, discusses Germany’s trade tensions with China. WPR: What is the current size and scope of trade relations between Germany and China, and how important is bilateral trade to both economies? Björn Conrad: China remains one of Germany’s most important economic partners. Overall trade volume makes China Germany’s third-largest trading partner […]

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