December 9, 2022

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Meeting in Beijing between Xi and Schultz, ‘China and Germany against the use of nuclear weapons’ – Asia

German Chancellor Olaf Schulz met with Chinese President Xi Jinping; He is the first G7 leader to visit Beijing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
A German government source told AFP that Xi met Schultz at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, as part of the leader’s one-day visit.
The German will also meet with Premier Li Keqiang.

Germany and China oppose the use of any nuclear weapon in the war in Ukraine: German Chancellor Olaf Schulz said this during a meeting with the media in Beijing after meetings with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang. “Here in China, everyone knows that an escalation of the war in Ukraine will have consequences for all of us. That is why it is so important for me to stress that everyone is clearly saying that escalation is through the use of a nuclear weapon. Tactics are ruled out,” said Schultz.

Schulz asked Xi to use his “influence on Russia” to end the “war of aggression” against Ukraine. “This relates to the need to comply with
He stressed that the principles of the United Nations Charter that we have all signed are principles such as the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity, which are also important for China.”

Regarding the burning issue in Taiwan, the German Prime Minister stressed thatTo Germany, as well as to the States united and many other countries in the world, follow the one-China policy. However, Schulze added that part of the One China is that “any change in the status quo of relations in the Taiwan Strait must be peaceful and consensual.”

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For his part, Xi called on the international community to “reject the use and threat of nuclear weapons” to prevent a “crisis on the Eurasian continent,” in his most direct statement on the need to prevent the escalation of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Xi also spoke of the common need to ensure the stability of food and energy supply chains, both of which have been interrupted by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Chinese president added that Schulz’s visit to Beijing will “deepen practical cooperation” between the two countries. He stressed that the international situation is “complicated and changing. As two influential powers, China and Germany should work together in times of change and chaos to make greater contributions to world peace and development. If the principles of mutual respect, seek common ground from exchanges and mutual learning, the direction of relations will not deviate. The pace of progress will be stable.”

China urges Germany to reject “confrontation between blocs and ideological interference” in bilateral relations and to pursue a “positive policy” toward Beijing. President Xi Jinping, in his bilateral meeting with Schultz, said the two countries “should always grasp the general direction of bilateral relations from a strategic point of view and adopt a constructive attitude.” Xi, according to state broadcaster CCTV, expressed the hope that “Germany will pursue a positive policy toward China for mutual benefits and win-win results.”