With ‘great concern’: Germany watching Australia-China relationship

With ‘great concern’: Germany watching Australia-China relationship

Germany is watching Australia’s deteriorating relationship with China with “great concern”, warning that Beijing is seen as a threat in parts of the Indo-Pacific as the superpower becomes more assertive.

Berlin’s ambassador to Australia, Thomas Fitschen, said Germany would push the European Union to deliver an Indo-Pacific strategy by 2022 and “beef up” its bilateral ties with Australia which he described as a “special relationship”.

Dr Fitschen said a European Union-style model was missing in the Indo-Pacific which would help defuse rising tensions between the US and China over the coronavirus, trade, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan. The region stretches from the Indian Ocean to the Coral Sea and includes India, China, Japan and Australia.

“Recent developments have certainly sounded the alarm bell in many places,” he said in an interview in Canberra.