Speaking to DW, the chairman of the Asia Pacific Committee for German Business (APA), Joe Kaeser, has said the EU would be well advised to develop a common economic strategy in dealing with China to be taken seriously.
Human rights advocates say Germany can do more to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and condemn the Uighur camps in Xinjiang, but business interests stand in the way.
The China Cables leak shows Beijing is busy with a monstrous experiment on an entire people, the Uighurs. They need European solidarity in the face of efforts to "reeducate" them, argues DW's Matthias von Hein.
Leaked Chinese papers have revealed the largest internment of minorities since World War II. In view of the many German business ties with China, Berlin is under pressure to answer for its most important trading partner.
China's economic slowdown and trade tensions between the world's top two economies have dampened German businesses' spirits. Many German firms operating in China report a "gloomy" business outlook.
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