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International relations

China finds unlikely allies in Germany's far right and far left

Foreign policy alignment of AfD and Left Party could weaken hawkish China bent

The influence of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is growing. Recent polls show it has surpassed the Greens as Germany's third most popular party. (Source photo by Reuters) 

HAMBURG, Germany -- The German government's increasingly strong line on China is coming under fire from smaller parties on both the extreme right and left, whose growing popularity could pressure Berlin to soften its line on Beijing.

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has in recent months become an outright opponent of the government's efforts to distance Europe's largest economy from China.

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