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Germany, China increasingly becoming soul mates

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WASHINGTON – With Europe going through an economic crisis and looking to China for relief, there is an opportunity for Beijing politically to press its agenda, especially regarding Iran. Its goal appears to be the lessening – if not outright rejection – of sanctions toward Iran, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Right now, relations between China and the European exporting countries never have been better politically and economically. This has prompted Beijing to consider seriously providing bailout money for the European Union at a time of its most critical need.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for example, is talking of a “strategic cooperative partnership” with China. Unlike relations back in 2008 when Germany invited Tibet’s Dali Lama, upsetting Beijing, that has all changed to the point that regional analysts suggest Berlin today is Beijing’s informal ally in Europe while Beijing looks upon Berlin as a strategic ally.

With Germany being an exporting nation and comprising some 60 percent of all exports out of the E.U., it is looking to China as a boundless market. Given its warm relations with Germany, China sees Berlin as the avenue of influence with the other E.U. countries.

Beijing also intends to use that relationship to balance off against growing U.S. influence in China’s sphere of influence among the Asian countries.

“As the U.S. implements its ‘return to Asia’ strategy and China is pressured by neighboring countries allied with Washington, good relations with the E.U. through good relations with Germany can help defeat U.S. attempts to isolate China in the international arena,” said Dr. Jian Junbo, assistant professor of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.

It’s in Beijing’s interest, however, that the European economic crisis continues. Once it is over, sources say, the concern in Beijing is that Europe will make dominant again its criticism of Beijing over its handling of human rights, trade protection and intellectual property rights. All of this reflects the commonality Berlin and Beijing have – but also their differences.

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