German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the war in Ukraine, which started with the Russian attacks on February 24, during a video conference on Monday.
The German government spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, reported that both leaders analyzed the effects of the war on “world food supply and energy security, among other things.”
“The Federal Chancellor and President Xi also discussed the development and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, intensifying cooperation on climate protection, energy transformation, and EU-China relations,” Hebestreit said. .
German political leaders have repeatedly complained that Xi is not using his “influence” over Russian President Vladimir Putin to end Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
At the end of April, Scholz made his first trip to Asia as chancellor but avoided China, with which he had maintained good relations with his predecessor, Angela Merkel.
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The change of government has meant a change in the course of German diplomacy, but the war in Ukraine and disappointment over China’s support for Putin forced Berlin to re-evaluate its relations with Beijing.
Since the start of the war on February 24, China has backed Putin politically and stressed its “strategic partnership” with Moscow, while citing the United States and NATO’s eastward expansion as the main causes of the war. conflict.
Beijing has also harshly criticized the European Union’s sanctions policy against Moscow.
*Translated by Daniel Gallego.
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