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Scholz warns China not to use force to alter Taiwan status quo

German leader to deepen relationships with Asian partners in policy shift

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks with Nikkei Asia at the Chancellery in Berlin, ahead of his trip to Japan. (Photo by Marlies Matthes)

BERLIN -- Germany will reduce its economic reliance on China, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an exclusive interview with Nikkei Asia, pledging that the country will avoid "one-sided dependencies on individual countries, as well as open up new sales markets."

On March 18, Tokyo and Berlin will hold their first Japan-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations, a new framework for regular discussions that will include the leaders of the two countries. Scholz spoke with Nikkei at the chancellery in Berlin ahead of his trip.

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