German Chancellor Scholz visits Southeast Asia to strengthen economic ties; special meeting with the Vietnamese Prime Minister

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BERLIN/HANOI, Nov. 12 (dpa): German Chancellor Olaf Scholz leaves on Saturday evening to visit several countries in Southeast Asia as part of the longest official trip of his mandate to date.

For four days, he will visit Vietnam and Singapore and take part in the G20 summit of economic powers on the Indonesian island of Bali.

There he will discuss the war in Ukraine, climate change and the food crisis with US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, among others.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has canceled his participation and is sending Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as his representative.

However, Scholz will first fly with a trade delegation to Vietnam, where he will meet Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in the capital Hanoi on Sunday.

Vietnam is one of the countries that did not condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine in votes at the UN General Assembly, unlike Singapore, which voted in favor of the resolutions.

In Singapore, Scholz and German Economy Minister Robert Habeck are due to attend a conference that will focus on reducing economic dependence on China and deepening partnerships with other states. Asians.

This is Scholz’s third trip to Asia in 11 months, after two brief visits to Japan and China. – dpa

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