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China Shapes the Fears and Ambitions for Germany After Merkel

  • Lawmakers forge manifesto after seeing Chinese tech potential
  • Germany risks being left behind with outdated economic model
Angela Merkel during a tour of a new Webasto sunroof plant in Wuhan, 2019.

Angela Merkel during a tour of a new Webasto sunroof plant in Wuhan, 2019.

Photographer: picture alliance via Getty Images

There were moments on their tour of China last year when the German lawmakers caught a glimpse of just how far behind they’ve fallen.

Through carefully choreographed visits to giants like Huawei Technologies Co. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., Nadine Schoen from the governing Christian Democrats says there was one message the group heard over and over again: the time is coming when Germany will have to choose.