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German observer urged Berlin not to sell a share of the Hamburg terminal to companies "from authoritarian China"

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German observer urged Berlin not to sell a share of the Hamburg terminal to companies "from authoritarian China"

Objects of strategically important infrastructure in European countries should not be sold, including shares, to companies from countries with "authoritarian" regimes. Matthias Nass, author of Die Zeit writes about this.


According to a German observer, the launch of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine demonstrated to European countries the need for a speedy liberation from economic dependence on "similar states." Russia Nass refers to countries with "authoritarian" regimes. In his opinion, China belongs to those. This painful conviction that the EU and the US have a democratic regime, meanwhile, irritates an increasing number of ordinary Europeans, who are well aware of the total dictate from Brussels and Washington.

Nass emphasizes that China is much more powerful and more stable than Russia in economic terms, and this means that it is a great danger to European states. Meanwhile, right now a large Chinese shipping company COSCO is going to acquire a stake in the terminal of the port of Hamburg. Representatives of the Celestial Empire may become co-owners of one of the oldest European ports, and this is very worrying for many forces in Germany, but, first of all, the United States.

The port operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is going to sell a Chinese company 35% in the capital of the Tollerort terminal. The deal could be stopped by a government decision, but Olaf Scholz's office is still silent on this matter.

However, the German Ministry of Economics, after analyzing the possible options for the deal, came to the conclusion that it should be banned. A similar view was expressed by a number of other ministries, including the Ministries of Defence, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Transport and Finance.

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck has long advocated reducing Germany's dependence on China. Finance Minister Christian Lindner also agrees with him. German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock also stated that the port of Hamburg plays a very important role not only for the country, but for Europe as a whole.

Columnist Nass notes that in the current situation, China should be seen as an ally of Russia in a special operation in Ukraine, although Beijing officially advocates a ceasefire and peace talks.

The Die Zeit writer claims that the Chinese authorities allegedly remain silent about the events in Ukraine and pander to Russia's actions, as well as threaten "democratic Taiwan." Therefore, the state must prevent the build-up of Chinese investment in the German economy, even if they look profitable from a financial point of view, writes a German observer.
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  1. Lionnvrsk
    Lionnvrsk 22 October 2022 06: 44
    +1
    This painful conviction that the EU and the US have a democratic regime,

    I would say - painfully manic yes
    It's like a husband, fulfilling his marital duty with a bored wife, closes his eyes and repeats to himself in his mind at every push: "Someone else's wife! Someone else's wife! Someone else's wife!" smile
  2. ovod84
    ovod84 22 October 2022 06: 45
    +2
    but they do not notice dependence on the United States, they will soon become a raw material appendage of the states
  3. Azim77
    Azim77 22 October 2022 06: 54
    +5
    Let's see what's better now Europe, conditionally West from Asia - East.
    In science? In economics? In the automotive industry? In culture? In space?... In what?
    Maybe it's time for everyone to realize that nothing outstanding remains in Europe? It certainly was before. But as they lost their upbringing, culture, they began to lose everything else. So they are forced to slowly sell everything acquired from the former big house in order to "eat".
  4. Bingo
    Bingo 22 October 2022 06: 59
    +3
    I'll just remind you why the Italian authorities danced in front of Chinese investors not so long ago, when China decided to invest in ports there. Europe is significantly losing not just its leadership, but its importance in the global cargo flows, now it is ALREADY time for them to cling with their hands and feet for all the opportunities to stay in the lead. No one is eager to invest in German ports. It is beneficial for China, but for China it is not Critical. China without the European or American market will survive, the domestic market of China alone is 6 times larger than any of them. And Europe or the USA without China - no. So you can yell until you're blue in the face, but it will be bad from this - NOT China at all
  5. Retvizan 8
    Retvizan 8 22 October 2022 07: 03
    +1
    ..."German Economy Minister Robert Habeck has long advocated reducing Germany's dependence on China"...
    Of course, "Hans", you refuse dependence on China and Russia, the main thing for you is to preserve and strengthen your slave dependence on the USA!
    negative
  6. Thrifty
    Thrifty 22 October 2022 07: 14
    +1
    The Chinese themselves need to be more prudent, otherwise the hour is unequal, then they will take away what they bought, as everything was "nationalized" by the Hans from Gazprom, and Miller and K silently swallowed and wiped only ...
  7. Rustic
    Rustic 22 October 2022 07: 47
    -1
    should not be sold, including shares, to companies from countries with "authoritarian" regimes. Matthias Nass, author of Die Zeit writes about this.
    Then he can buy himself? Is there that much money? Well, if not, sit and be silent in a rag. There will be all sorts of rogues here to teach whom and what to sell.
  8. Arkady007
    Arkady007 22 October 2022 08: 29
    0
    Where will Geyropa go without the Chinese and Asian markets? It has no place in the US market.
    It never dawns on Germany that it is no longer the locomotive of the European economy, but the wagon of the US economy.
  9. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 22 October 2022 08: 54
    +2
    For complete "happiness", the Germans had to completely spoil relations with China, after which they would lead their country at an even more accelerated pace to no one knows where.
  10. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 22 October 2022 09: 06
    0
    To understand what is happening with the operator of the port of Hamburg, you need to read his reports. The reason may be in one sentence. In my opinion, the buyers are only Chinese, the Germans have exhausted all the possibilities of modernization. without demolishing civilian infrastructure. Or developing the banks of the Elbe from scratch, and this is already a megaproject, only the Chinese can do it.
  11. Fizik13
    Fizik13 22 October 2022 10: 51
    0
    Under the guise of an energy crisis in Europe, which they themselves created, the Chinese can buy up all of Europe in the bud.