According to news from the Indian media, Germany supports the four countries against China and sends warships to the Indian Ocean next year. The German side explained that the spokesperson said that this is out of strategic considerations, and Germany must have a say in the region in order to strengthen its relationship with the Indo-Pacific countries in the economic structure. Although Germany did not directly name the names, the external media still believed that it was intended to target China.
Intervention” in Disputes in Asian Seas. According to Global.com, German Defense Minister Karenbauer explained in an interview that Germany is currently making strategic adjustments in national defense. Although the new crown epidemic has suffered a heavy blow to the country’s economy, next year There will still be a large amount of budget allocated to national defense, and the current problem is how to transform the budget into “real power.”
In addition, the foreign minister mentioned China-Germany relations and believed that China is an indispensable trading partner, and the stable establishment of bilateral economic relations is a win-win process. Afterwards, Karenbauer turned his gun sharply and pointed out that Germany will not ignore the influence of China on “some things” such as intellectual property rights and unfair investment.
The position of the German friend is ambiguous.
As for Germany’s future plans to deploy a warship to patrol the Indo-Pacific region, Karenbauer did not specifically mention whether it will participate in the so-called “freedom of navigation” operation in the southern waters. When talking about the Indo-Pacific issue, he emphasized that Germany’s goal is to strengthen bilateral and even multilateral cooperation, and it does not rule out attempts such as getting German officers to board Australian naval vessels. Karenbauer said that cooperation with China is nothing more than an attempt to integrate NATO forces and extend its influence to countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs pays close attention to the situation in the Indo-Pacific region and has stated more than once that the region is inseparable from the global supply chain and is also an important trade corridor. If a conflict occurs, it will have an adverse impact on the world, which naturally includes Germany. In fact, this is mirroring a 40-page report issued by the German government in early September this year, covering the Asian waters including the southern waters.
Although China is Germany’s largest partner, Germany still chose to stand on a political standpoint rather than a point of interest this time. While Sino-German relations have improved due to the epidemic, the German government has shown an ambiguous posture, and even some media have a vague concept on the topic of China, which is quite worrying.
India becomes the biggest winner
Since Germany is a defeated country in World War II, it has no maritime power, let alone overseas territories. The announcement of joining the “Asian version of NATO” this time may be of great significance to its country. Some analysts pointed out that some European countries have begun to take tough measures against China, which is breaking the balance of the Indo-Pacific situation. This situation has caused India to fall into a carnival because the latter is the key “pioneer” under the US Indo-Pacific strategy. With the support of the “Four Nations Alliance” and European forces, India seems to have secured the victory.