Former German navy chief's words 'ridiculous & dangerous'; China, Germany remain strategic partners

Shenzhen TV: It is reported that German Navy Chief Vice-Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach said in a speech on January 21 during his visit to India that he is a “very radical Roman Catholic” and sees China acting as “an enemy”, and called on other countries that “We need Russia against China”. What is China’s comment? 

Zhao Lijian: His remarks feature typical religious extremism. In today’s world defined by peace and development, overtly preaching religion-based division of blocs and inciting hatred and hostility is a regression of history. It is ridiculous and extremely dangerous. This practice should be universally condemned by the international community. We noted that Schönbach has already resigned and he has only himself to blame for that. 

I would also stress that China and Germany are comprehensive strategic partners. Since the formation of the new German government, Chinese and German leaders had close interaction, and agreed that it is important to have a keen grasp of the bilateral relations from a strategic perspective and promote practical cooperation with a pragmatic attitude. Both sides agreed to take the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2022 as an opportunity to strengthen communication and cooperation, expand mutual benefits and win-win outcomes, respond to challenges in joint hands, and make due contribution to global governance.

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