German Chancellor Angela Merkel, currently visiting China, has signed a few cooperative agreements with Beijing, including China's order of 50 Airbus A320s, worth a total of $3.5 billion. During her period of office, bilateral relations have generally maintained a positive trend, despite misunderstandings at times. The two countries now have a more realistic understanding of the importance of stable ties.
Merkel once took the lead among European leaders in meeting the Dalai Lama. Later she was active in promoting Sino-German economic cooperation.
The relationship between China and Germany also represents ties between China and Europe. It is full of individual events, but lacks a strategic long-term plan.
China and the whole of the Asia-Pacific region are undergoing change. Accordingly, the geopolitical position of Germany and Europe will change. Germany has been home to many world-class thinkers. Their successors should be sensitive to the changes in the distribution of global power.
After World War II, Germany was drifting in a bi-polar world. It wasn't until the end of the Cold War and German reunification that the country developed an independent diplomatic space.
In the past two decades, it has devoted itself to developing relationships with the US and EU. As the major promoter of the euro, Germany has become a central member of Europe.
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