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Germany ends China honeymoon with new Indo-Pacific strategy

European country's industrial powerhouses wary of alienating supersized market

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a ceremony in Berlin in 2017. Germany's new Indo-Pacific strategy takes a tougher approach toward Beijing.   © Reuters

BERLIN -- After years of shaping its Asian strategy around China, Germany has made a sharp break and will focus instead on stronger partnerships with democracies in the region such as Japan and South Korea to promote the rule of law.

The shift comes as part of a rising sense of alarm throughout Europe about economic dependence on China and the country's track record on human rights.

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