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Germany seeks role in shaping Indo-Pacific order: foreign minister

Maas outlines complex relationship with China as both partner and rival

TOKYO -- Germany aims to become a player in the Indo-Pacific and further its interests in a region set to only grow in geopolitical significance, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Nikkei.

Germany has been shifting its stance to the region, approving new Indo-Pacific policy guidelines in September that move away from its previous China-centric approach, and plans to dispatch a naval frigate to the region as early as this summer.

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