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Beijing summons German ambassador after foreign minister calls Xi Jinping a ‘dictator’

Annalena Baerbock, who has taken a hawkish stance on China, made the remark last week during a visit to the US

Beijing has summoned the German ambassador to China after foreign minister Annalena Baerbock called president Xi Jinping a “dictator”, Berlin has said, in the latest flare-up of tensions between the countries.

While they are major trade partners, Berlin-Beijing ties have been fraying as some in the German government take a harder line over issues ranging from human rights to Taiwan.

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