The timing of the German Chancellor’s trip to China and the signals he will give to Beijing have raised questions at home.

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The Green Party, which is part of the governing coalition, said in Taiwan that Scholz’s visit is the most controversial in the last 50 years..

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It will be the first visit by a European leader to China since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Germany strongly opposed. 

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Some in the ranks of Scholz’s three-party governing coalition are questioning the timing of his visit. His February trips to Russia and Ukraine caused a lot of controversies.

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Butikofer, who was part of a group of European lawmakers visiting Taiwan, spoke to a news conference from his hotel room, where he was under the care of a nurse.

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He will use his trip to make the case for Chinese moderation and help in calming the situations with Taiwan and Ukraine.

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In the face of Chinese threats to annex Taiwan, the self-governing island republic has drawn increasing support from Western politicians even though their governments maintain only unofficial relations with Taipei.

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Butikofer said that Germany’s governing coalition had agreed on a first-ever “clear expression of support for Taiwan’s democracy against China’s aggression” as well as Taiwan’s “meaningful participation” in international organization.

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Nathan Law, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, criticized Scholz’s visit to Beijing, saying it risked sending mixed messages over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Law told The Associated Press during a visit to Taiwan that the German Chancellor’s visit was damaging the unity of the world against Russia’s war efforts.

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Law, who fled arrest in Hong Kong during Beijing, said that Scholz’s trip is giving a lot of opportunity for Xi to see it as a badge of honor, to see it as means to dismiss the unity of the free world and silently decrease pressure for Russia.

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