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  • Germany's Got a China Problem

  • And it could spell disaster

  • For all of Europe

  • Welcome to China Uncensored, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Germany has a China problem. A big one.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel  has gotten a lot of criticism

  • for being soft on China

  • Which is weird because normally  Angela Merkel seems so tough.

  • But I guess she melted when Xi Jinping  went allpanda diplomacyon her.

  • Once again, it's the pandas.

  • It's always the pandas!

  • Stop falling for their stupid cuteness, people!

  • Even Putin fell for it.

  • But it's not just stupid pandas causing  Angela Merkel to be soft on China.

  • It's also German companies that  want to do business in China.

  • And Merkel is facing a revolt from  parliament for her reluctance to ban Huawei.

  • And her reluctance is pretty weird,

  • considering that her own government

  • told her that Huawei worked  with Chinese Intelligence.

  • And this is important.

  • Germany often sets the tone  for the rest of Europe.

  • For example, when Germany goes to  war, the rest of Europe does too.

  • Germany, such a trendsetter.

  • But all jokes aside, if Germany  were willing to use their power

  • to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party,

  • it would probably mean that China  couldn't get a foothold in most of Europe.

  • Unfortunately, certain people  in the German government

  • seem to have a soft spot  for authoritarian regimes.

  • Who would've guessed?

  • According to an Axios exclusive,

  • a top German official hushed upreport on China's influence in Germany.

  • “A high-ranking German official suppressed  a sensitive intelligence report in 2018

  • on China's growing influence in Germany

  • out of fear it would damage  business ties with China.”

  • Funny how different a decision like  that looks in light of the coronavirus

  • The report looked at how  the Chinese Communist Party

  • has been seeking to influence every level

  • of German government, society, and business.

  • The report probably should  have taken a closer look

  • at the unnamed German official  who suppressed the report

  • Now according to Axios, Merkel did see the report.

  • And there's a reason why some  segments of the German government

  • have been so reluctant to ruffle China's feathers.

  • The former German Ambassador to China said,

  • Germany depends on exports to a high degree,

  • and that gives business a large influence.

  • Business representatives talk to the  government and are used to being listened to.”

  • For example, Germany's largest  telecom is 32% state owned.

  • And guess what? It relies  heavily on Huawei technology

  • AndIt has lobbied strongly against any action

  • that would make it harder for it to roll out 5G.

  • The Ministry of Economic Affairs,

  • often eager to defend the  interests of German industry,

  • has backed the firm.”

  • Volkswagen has had to defend its  operations in China's Xinjiang.

  • You know, where there's been a lot  of ethnic slave labor being used.

  • I knew there was a reason  Hitler liked the Volkswagen

  • But somehow I don't associate  the Volkswagen Bug with genocide.

  • That's good marketing.

  • Volkswagen has actually been  in China since the 1980s.

  • Which shows how long Germany

  • has had economic ties with  the Chinese Communist Party

  • Germany's big industrial companies

  • including engineering behemoth Siemens, car  giant Volkswagen and chemical maker B.A.S.F.

  • were among the first Western companies  to make big bets on China in the 1980s.”

  • And Germany's economic relationship with China

  • has gotten closer and closer under Angela Merkel.

  • In the 15 years since she took  over as chancellor in 2005,

  • German exports to China have quintupled.”

  • China is Germany's largest trading partner

  • And the Chinese Communist Party is working hard

  • to make sure the status quo  in Germany is maintained.

  • Huawei even wants to set up  a media outlet in Germany.

  • The Chinese technology company  is looking for an editor-in-chief

  • to lead Huawei's news offering [in Germany].”

  • I wonder how Huawei News will report  on German-China relations and Huawei?

  • That's crazy. That's like Verizon  setting up a news office in America.

  • If Verizon were headquartered in Pyongyang.

  • Can you hear me now?

  • Now all this doesn't mean that Germany

  • has completely ignored  China's human rights issues.

  • They do talk about them. Merkel has  even met with the Dalai Lama. Twice

  • But while the German government is  willing to occasionally criticize  

  • the Chinese Communist Party,

  • they're not going to stop  doing business with them.

  • In fact, it seems like Germany's elite

  • may have bought into the  Communist Party's propaganda

  • that China is just different  and shouldn't be judged

  • One German billionaire said

  • We can't judge the Chinese  according to our standard of values,

  • or our cultural or humanistic ideals.”

  • That same billionaire has

  • spent decades dealing with China,

  • including as the Asia point man  for Germany's main industry lobby.”

  • Hmm, I wonder whether he's in that hushed  up report on China's influence in Germany.

  • But clearly, the future of Europe...  is being fought in Germany.

  • Seems strangely familiar, somehow.

  • And now it's time for me to  answer a question from one of you,

  • who supports China Uncensored through  the crowdfunding website Patreon.

  • Jenny Wong asks, “Hi Chris. Why Vatican/ the Pope

  • refused to meet Mike Pompeo

  • and the 88 year old Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen?

  • And that the Pope intentionally  omitted comments in speech a

  • bout China's security law in Hong Kong on July 5?”

  • Well that's a really great question.

  • I'd like an answer to that too.

  • The Pope hasn't really been talking much  about the national security law in Hong Kong.

  • And the Pope rejected a meeting with  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • who has been a vocal critic of  the Chinese Communist Party

  • That might be because last month,

  • the Vatican and China renewed an agreement

  • that allows the officially atheist Communist Party

  • to appoint Catholic bishops in China

  • And yes, China is already breaking the deal.

  • Only last week in Jiangxi province,

  • dissenting Catholic priests have  been placed under house arrest,

  • in breach of an agreement to  protect clergy from coercion.”

  • Now I get why Merkel has been soft on China.

  • There's money on the line.

  • I don't get what the Vatican  gets out of being soft on China.

  • It's not as if the Chinese regime is persecuting

  • Christians or Catholics any less because of it.

  • If anything it's getting worse.

  • They say God works in mysterious ways.

  • Maybe the Pope is taking a cue from Him

  • Thanks for your question Jenny.

  • And if you'd like to hear more  about the Vatican's deal with China,

  • we'll be talking about that on the next  episode of our podcast, China Unscripted.

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  • Once again, I'm Chris Chappell. See you next time.

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