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Instead of leading, Germany is muddling Europe's approach to China

Split in Scholz's government reflects wider divisions about dealing with Beijing

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Olaf Scholz meets with Xi Jinping in Beijing on Nov. 4: Berlin has been sending confusing signals to its partners in Europe and beyond.   © Reuters

Hanns W. Maull is a senior distinguished fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and a senior associate fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies.

There can be no doubt that the German government which took office a year ago intends to raise the country's Asia-Pacific profile.

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