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Germany's new government is set to take a tougher line on China

Coalition agreement calls out Beijing on human rights, backs Taiwan

Olaf Scholz was elected as the new German chancellor in the Bundestag in Berlin on Wednesday,   © AP

HAMBURG, Germany -- One of the most pressing questions for Olaf Scholz, Germany's newly elected chancellor, is the extent to which he shifts Europe's largest economy away from China.

With Scholz's center-left Social Democratic Party entering a coalition with the Greens and the pro-business Free Democratic Party, the new government is likely to be less cozy with Beijing than its predecessor under Angela Merkel.

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