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International relations

Germany hardens China stance, echoing EU's 'systemic rival' label

Joint projects likely to be affected as new government breaks with Merkel era

The German flag flies near Beijing's Tiananmen Gate during then-Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit in 2019.   © Reuters

HAMBURG, Germany -- The German foreign ministry is poised to send a paper to other government departments urging them to regard China as a "systemic rival," as the new Olaf Scholz administration breaks with longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel's nonconfrontational approach.

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