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Germany to send cabinet member to Taiwan for first time in decades

Education chief expected to tap digital know-how, seek Confucius Institute alternative

German Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger speaks in the Bundestag on Dec. 1. She is expected to visit Taiwan early next year.   © Reuters

HAMBURG, Germany -- A member of Germany's cabinet is scheduled to visit Taiwan early next year, marking the first such trip to the island by such a high-level German official since the 1990s.

Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger is expected to make the trip. While her ministry has not commented on the plan, Peter Heidt, a parliamentarian belonging to the same pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), told Nikkei Asia by phone that Stark-Watzinger had personally confirmed it to him.

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