SPD leader Klingbeil does not see the port of Hamburg being sold out to China

The Chinese shipping company Cosco wants to take over a 35 percent stake in the Hamburg container terminal in Tollerort.

SPD leader Klingbeil does not see the port of Hamburg being sold out to China

The Chinese shipping company Cosco wants to take over a 35 percent stake in the Hamburg container terminal in Tollerort. A review period runs until October 31, by which time the federal government could prohibit the business. If she does not do this, the sale can take place. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) rejected criticism of a possible Chinese participation at the EU summit on Friday.

CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt asked Scholz to "stop the Chinese entry as soon as possible". "The sale of the gas storage facility to Russia should serve as a cautionary tale," he told the "Welt am Sonntag" newspaper.

Scholz is leading German China policy in the wrong direction, said the CDU foreign politician Norbert Röttgen to the newspapers of the Funke media group. "He wants to allow the Chinese state to enter the port of Hamburg and thus further increase our dependency." The existing dependency of the German economy on China is "irresponsible. Increasing it further endangers the sovereignty of our country."

Klingbeil also said on Deutschlandfunk that he urgently advises not to repeat mistakes made in dealing with Russia. There shouldn't be any similar dependencies on China, for example in the technological area.

Klingbeil emphasized that negotiations on the Hamburg port business have been going on for a year. If the Hamburg port company and Hamburg's mayor said that this would not lead to China having any influence on critical infrastructure, "then that is something other than the sell-out of the Port of Hamburg". This must "be clarified now, too. There are still a few days left for that. There are now talks between the state and the federal government."

Schleswig-Holstein's Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) showed understanding for the sales plans. "It is important to us in Schleswig-Holstein that the port of Hamburg is economically successful and that investments are made there," he said after statements published in advance on the ARD program "Report from Berlin" on Sunday evening. "And it's also done very defensively in this area: It's a subsidiary of the Port of Hamburg. It's a minority stake." That's why he thinks "that's understandable".

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