Germany wants to mediate between US and China during EU presidency

Germany wants to make efforts to mediate between the United States and China during its upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told local news.

Relations between Washington and Beijing, which were already on shaky ground, took a further hit last week as US President Donald Trump announced action over China’s controversial national security legislation for Hong Kong.

“We Europeans especially cannot have an interest in the conflicting interests between China and the US becoming irreconcilable,” Maas said in comments to Funke media group published online on Monday.

The world must not be split into two spheres of interest – a Chinese and a US one, he added.

Maas said that Germany will face challenges during the six-month EU presidency, which begins on July 1.

He also stressed that a planned EU-China summit in September would go ahead. “There are too many important topics that we need to discuss with China,” he said.

The goal of the summit is to get a commitment from China on “ambitious climate goals and fair global competition,” Maas said.

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