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Why German industry is looking past China to the rest of Asia

Berlin's interest in new partnerships is a blessing for ASEAN

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Angela Merkel in Beijing, pictured in June 2016: diversification is a euphemism for reducing Germany's China dependency.   © Reuters

Dr. Frederick Kliem is a visiting fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the Centre for Multilateralism Studies in Singapore.

Joe Kaeser, chief executive of manufacturing giant Siemens, is often referred to as Germany's "CEO politician," whose frequent public comments on domestic and international issues are intended to nudge the country's political establishment in certain directions.

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