Germany's dependence on Russian gas is sparking a rethink of Berlin's foreign policy.
China has been Germany's largest trading partner for six straight years, per official statistics.
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Germany is rethinking it's foreign policy — it has now vowed to move away from its dependence on China for trade, after being burned by overreliance on Russia for gas.
In particular, Berlin is working on a new trade policy with China to cut dependence on Chinese raw materials, batteries, and semiconductor chips, Reuters reported in September.
In October, German businesses pushed back against an economy ministry proposal aimed at curbing investment into China, Reuters reported.
"We can only warn against Germany turning away from China," said Markus Jerger, head of businesss alliance Mittelstand Association told Reuters at the time. »