Germany–China Relations Under Chancellor Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz took office previous December 2022—ending the 16-year rule of former chancellor Angela Merkel.

The new leadership under Scholz claims to emphasize a values-based foreign policy that focuses on democracy and human rights.

This marks a shift in attitude from Merkel, who largely turned a blind eye to China’s human rights abuses—prioritizing policies that benefited economic cooperation.