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Why This European Man Is so Happy to Be in Vietnam

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) pose for a photo before a bilateral meeting at the Government Office in Hanoi on November 13, 2022. LUONG THAI LINH / POOL / AFP

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz seemed visibly happy to be back in Southeast Asia over the weekend and specifically to be out of China. Chancellor Scholz arrived in Hanoi on Sunday to kick off a four-day visit to Southeast Asia that will also include a stop in Singapore.

The German leader was joined by a 12-member business delegation (considerably smaller than the high-powered 100-member group that accompanied him to Beijing) who are all eager to look for ways to reduce their dependence on the China market for both sales and manufacturing.

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