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Indo-Pacific

Germany walks tightrope between China and rest of Indo-Pacific

Berlin puts focus on 'shared values' while leaving door open for Beijing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a news conference after their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Sept. 6, 2019.   © Reuters

LONDON --The Foreign Office of Germany used to lump Japan and China together as the "Far East." More recently, it has established separate departments with different section chiefs overseeing each country.  

This reflects the new thinking in the ministry, shedding more light on Asia ex-China. That group of diplomats has been the core team that began working on an Indo-Pacific vision for the European country.

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