Markus Zeder describes the visit to China as a complete success, while Michael Roth talks about the "megalomania of a regional politician"

The Bavarian Prime Minister, Markus Zeder, visited China with a small delegation from March 23 to 28. He is the first prime minister of a German province to visit the country since the end of the corona pandemic

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Zeder, Photo: Shutterstock
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The Bavarian Prime Minister, Markus Zeder, returned from China a few days ago and describes the visit as a complete success. Michael Roth sees it differently - and talks about the "megalomania of regional politicians".

The Bavarian Prime Minister, Markus Zeder, visited China with a small delegation from March 23 to 28. He is the first prime minister of a German province to visit the country since the end of the corona pandemic. Zeder reported the trip to the public on social networks and described it as a "complete success".

On the X network he writes: "The political highlight of the trip to China: We had a very friendly conversation with the Chinese Premier, Li Qiang, in the capital Beijing. The reception is a great honor and confirms Bavaria's long ties with Franz Josef Strauss. We rely on constant dialogue instead to a one-off monologue".

Zeder also says that the delegation there "represented economic interests and dealt with difficult topics such as the war in Ukraine and the state of human rights. When it comes to trade, we rely on partnership instead of EU tariffs, equal conditions and more fairness in competition. We also campaigned to continue shipping all our agricultural products to China and promoted tourism to Bavaria. Isolation would be the wrong approach. A very important result: We want to continue to talk and meet again. This is a strong sign, because the exchange achieves better long-term results from the conflict".

Zeder (CSU) contacted us when he arrived in Germany and this time posted a video where it can be seen that in addition to talking to politicians, he also saw something, visited the Great Wall of China, observed pandas.

"The long journey to China was a complete success for Bavaria. We continue the policy of long lines and rely on dialogue instead of demarcation. We represent Bavaria's interests abroad and provide support to the economy. Where others retreat, we intensify international contacts. We are engaged in real politics instead of moral politics," writes Zeder.

Michael Roth: "Megalomania in the style of Ludwig II"

Mihael Roth (SPD), president of the Bundestag's Foreign Policy Committee, has a completely different assessment of Zeder's trip to China. He told Tagespiegel: "Markus Zeder is not the first provincial politician to try to run a secondary foreign policy. But rarely has anyone failed as much as he has."

Roth even said that Zeder showed China "Ludwig II-style megalomania. A Bavarian regional politician boldly claims that there is an equal partnership between Bavaria and China's communist regime."

"China is denying European, German and Bavarian companies exactly the framework conditions that the dictatorship demands for its own state-owned companies in their quest for global expansion. There are no signs of partnership on equal footing anywhere," pointed out Michael Roth.

Zeder opposes the foreign policy of Germany and the EU and ignores the fact that "the belated change of strategy and policy of Germany and the EU in relation to China" was preceded by a dramatic change of strategy and policy in Beijing, said the Social Democrat politician who recently announced that after the federal elections the following year he withdrew from politics due to, as he stated, alienation from his party.

Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong

Germany and the EU have long urged Beijing to improve market conditions for foreign companies in China and to refrain from unfair practices. The German government sees China's shortcomings when it comes to guaranteeing human rights. The German government's new China strategy mentions, among other things, the violation of Uyghur human rights in Xinjiang, as well as the situation in Tibet and Hong Kong.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Analena Berbock, is considered a critic of China: in a statement to the American Fox News in September of last year, she called the Chinese state and party leader, Xi Jinping, a dictator. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called it an "open political provocation." Berbock has also repeatedly warned of China's expansionist aspirations in the South China Sea.

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