Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer argued that the United States will remain focused on China even if the Democratic candidate defeats President Donald Trump in November | Pool photo by Mika Schmidt/Getty Images
German minister: Europe must develop own defense even if Biden wins
US shift to focus on China won’t change, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer says.
Updated 7/8/20, 9:03 PM CET
A Joe Biden victory in the U.S. presidential election would not mean Europe could rely on America for security as it used to do, Germany’s defense minister said Wednesday.
In a live-streamed interview, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer argued that the United States will remain focused on China even if the Democratic candidate defeats President Donald Trump in November, meaning that Europe must continue to develop its own foreign and security policy.
“Even if Joe Biden wins — which would mean we would certainly deal with each other in a different way — we must not forget that there are certain views that are shared by a large part of the American political class, for example on China or how to deal with Russia, where I would mention Nord Stream 2,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said, referring to the controversial gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany.
“To that extent, there are certain basic axes that will certainly not shift,” she added in the interview, organized by her ministry.
Kramp-Karrenbauer said that based on Biden’s statements to date, the economic and geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China would continue if he became president.
“And that will inevitably lead to the question,