Germany’s naval chief has said the country’s recent deployment of a warship into the South China Sea was a “teaser” intended to signal to Beijing that Berlin planned to ramp up its military presence in the disputed waters.
Speaking from on board the Bayern frigate on Tuesday, Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach said the vessel’s foray into the contested region last week – the first such journey in nearly two decades – was a sign that Germany was “perpetuating”In the region, it is active “small steps.”
We are hinting at future deployments after the “teaser,”Schonbach stated that Berlin hopes to send additional aircraft and ships to Asia by 2023. He added that Germany’s primary interest was in maintaining an international rules-based order in the region.
“This time, we start with small steps … probably we’ll pass [the Taiwan Strait] the next time on a bilateral basis,”Schonbach replied when asked about the reason why the ship didn’t pass through the strait. He said the navy was focused on Berlin’s “value partners,”It was “not starting with a hammer.”
At a separate event on the same day in Singapore – where the frigate is docked at the Changi Naval Base, Schonbach said the intention of the naval tour was not to provoke, but a sign that things had reached a point where Berlin felt the need to send a “signal”Beijing
Germany, for example, sends ships to prove that it is capable of carrying cargo. [that]It is important to note that Germany has made significant changes in communication over the past few years.
In August, the crew of 200 set sail with the Bayern for Asia. In August, the Bayern set sail for Asia with a crew of 200. “political decision.”He said that he didn’t have any direct contact with his Chinese counterpart.
Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Beijing was attached at the time. “great importance to the development of an all-round strategic partnership between China and Germany, including cooperation between the two militaries.”
German officials have not equated the journey to “standing up”Please see the following: “values and interests,” an op-ed in China’s state-run Global Times paper last week likened it to a call for “attention” from Beijing. The paper dismissed it as “an absurdity”. “opportunistic”You can try to search “free publicity.”