In what is likely to be her ‘last dance’ in China politics, Chancellor Angela Merkel led her cabinet into the sixth German-Chinese government consultations on Wednesday. Optimism and positivity surrounded its beginnings in 2011. Ten years later, relations are beset by uncertainty and tension.
The recent EU-imposed sanctions on China were met by an immediate, tougher, response from the Chinese side. Hence, the “business as usual” spirit of the talks signals Germany’s desire to maintain its privileged partnership with China - even in these tense times.