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Opinion

Olaf Scholz will not follow Washington's China playbook

New German chancellor wants Beijing ties based on European policy

| Europe
Olaf Scholz is expected to take a different approach.   © Reuters

Judy Dempsey is a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor-in-chief of the international relations blog Strategic Europe.

During her long stint as German Chancellor, Angela Merkel shaped German and European policy toward China. During her first term in office that began in 2005, she placed human rights and values high on her agenda. That focus did not last long.

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