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China says it ‘hopes and believes’ Germany will support its ‘peaceful reunification’ with Taiwan

China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, expressed the hope that Germany will support its takeover of Taiwan during a meeting with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in China. Wang stated that China once supported the reunification of Germany and that Taiwan’s “return to China” was an important part of the post-World War II international order. Baerbock warned that any attempt by China to gain control of Taiwan would have serious repercussions for Europe, adding that a military escalation in the Taiwan Strait, through which 50% of global trade passes, would be a “horror scenario for the entire world” and would have “inevitable repercussions” for European interests. The comments appear to be at odds with those made by French President Emmanuel Macron, who urged Europe to avoid following the “American rhythm” on Taiwan during a recent trip to China, advocating for the bloc to stay out of the Taiwan issue.

A statement from Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed strong approval of Baerbock’s stance, thanking various high-level government officials across different countries for their solidarity with Taiwan.

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