Tim Rühlig

Tim Rühlig

Senior Research Fellow, Center for Geopolitics, Geoeconomics, and Technology, German Council on Foreign Relations

Tim Rühlig is a senior research fellow at the Center for Geopolitics, Geoeconomics, and Technology at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). His areas of research include Technology and geopolitics, China’s technical standardisation power, China’s politics of 5G, and EU-China relations. Rühlig also coordinates the working group on high technology and innovation of the “China in Europe Research Network” (CHERN), an EU Cost Action. He is also the author of China's Foreign Policy Contradictions: Lessons from China's R2P, Hong Kong, and WTO Policy (2022).

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gestures as he addresses a summer press conference on domestic policy and diplomacy in Berlin, Germany, on 14 July 2023. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP)

Germany’s new China strategy: A drastic change

Germany’s newly unveiled “Strategy on China” echoed much of EU language in highlighting risks concerning competitiveness, supply chain resilience, national security and values in its recalibrated approach to China. While a de-risking strategy carries difficult trade-offs, there seems to be a broad consensus on the goals Germany wants to achieve.