China’s assertiveness raises concerns, German minister Tobias Lindner says

Team India Sentinels Thursday 22nd of February 2024 10:58 PM

Tobias Lindner (L) speaking at the Raisina Dialogues. (Photo: X/@tobiaslindner)

New Delhi: Germany’s minister of state for federal foreign office, Tobias Lindner, has expressed growing concerns over China’s assertive behaviour on the global stage. Speaking at the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogues – 2024, Lindner highlighted China’s increasing assertiveness and its occasional challenge to the international rules-based order.

Lindner pointed to several key areas where China’s assertiveness has become evident, like Beijing’s border dispute with India and its military assertiveness in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

The German minister stressed the importance of resolving disputes through peaceful means and mutual consent. He urged all parties to uphold the international rules-based order, emphasizing that sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations must be respected.

Lindner’s remarks come at a time when countries worldwide are closely observing China’s actions and their impact on the existing global order.

Some experts believe that Lindner’s statement carries weight, as Germany represents a key European voice and a major economic partner for both China and India. His remarks echo similar concerns expressed by other western officials, including the United States secretary of state, Antony Blinken, who recently warned against China’s “attempts to coerce and bully” other countries.

However, navigating the relationship with China presents a complex challenge. It may be noted that while acknowledging China’s growing economic and military influence, Germany also recognizes its interdependence with the Asian giant. This is evident in Germany’s recent decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), despite US reservations.


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