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Germany’s Scholz set for high-stakes China visit

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz makes a high-stakes trip to China this week, walking a tightrope between shoring up a key economic relationship and facing heightened concerns about over-reliance on Beijing.


Scholz, accompanied by a delegation of business executives, will be the first European Union leader to visit the world’s second-biggest economy since 2019.


During the one-day trip on Friday, he will hold talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.


But the visit has sparked controversy, coming as Berlin reels from an over-dependence on Russian energy imports that left it exposed during war.


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