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Baerbock Making Anti-Chinese Remarks during New Zealand Visit

Just before Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival in Paris on May 5, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, currently in New Zealand, considers it opportune to make anti-China remarks. There, she did not rule out the possibility of the German frigate Baden-Württemberg crossing the Taiwan Strait during its upcoming Pacific mission. That, she claimed, would emphasize the “right of peaceful passage.”

Crossing the Taiwan Strait could be seen as a provocation by China. Whereas Germany has been carefully avoiding sending military vessels through the Strait, it is now joining the United States, Great Britain and France, which do maintain a military presence in the Taiwan Strait between the island and mainland.

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