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China questions German minister’s ‘one Europe’ comments – News & Observer

China expressed dismay Thursday after Germany’s foreign minister said Beijing should not “attempt to divide us” following complaints China uses its status as an investor to influence European Union decisions.

The comment by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel comes amid rising European complaints about Chinese market access, steel and other issues. Germany is increasingly vocal in pushing Beijing to resolve complaints it is violating its market-opening pledges.

“We are shocked by Mr. Gabriel’s remarks,” said a foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, at a regular news briefing.

“We hope that he can clarify that what he means by ‘one Europe,’ and whether there is a consensus on ‘one Europe’ among EU members,” said Hua. “We hope and believe his remark about China’s attempt to split Europe does not represent most European people’s thinking.”

During a visit to Paris on Wednesday, Gabriel called for a common European stance on China and said Beijing “should have a ‘one Europe’ policy that doesn’t attempt to divide us.”

China questions German minister’s ‘one Europe’ comments – News & Observer

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