Scholz: Germany aims to expand cooperation with ASEAN via EU
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Scholz: Germany aims to expand cooperation with ASEAN via EU

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Europe's biggest economy would seek to expand its cooperation with Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) via the European Union, addressing a meeting of business leaders in Singapore on Monday.

He said that reducing risky, one-sided dependencies for certain raw materials or critical technologies would play an important role in Germany's national security strategy but added that de-coupling was not the answer.

"A world with new or resurrected trade barriers and de-integrated economies will not be a better place," he said according to a prepared speech text. 

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