Beijing’s divide-and-conquer ‘diplomacy’ splits alliances, public and private sectors

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By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com

The usually deferential official Chinese media has characterized Premier Li Keqiang performance during his just-completed four-nation visit as “Li-style diplomacy.”

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin on May 26.  /EPA
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin on May 26. /EPA

The last leg of Li’s first overseas trip as head of government – a mere two-day stopover in Berlin – has demonstrated the hard edge of enhanced hard-power projection by China the quasi-superpower.

During his joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin last week, Li gave a big lecture on the evils of protectionism.

Hinting that the Chinese would retaliate heavily should the EU impose stiff tariffs on China-made solar panels and telecom equipment, the No. 2 in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo warned that European protectionists would “undoubtedly go on the road to perdition” should they dare to challenge China.

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