BERLIN (AP) – Germany said Wednesday that China rejected a planned call by a German warship at a Chinese port.
The frigate left Germany last month for a tour of the Indo-Pacific region as part of the German government’s effort to increase its activities there.
“After some consideration, China has decided that it does not want a port visit from the German frigate Bayern,” said Maria Adebahr, a spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry. “We have taken note of that.”
Part of the new Indo-Pacific strategy recently announced by Germany includes an emphasis on the free passage of ships, particularly through the Straits of Malacca linking the south china sea to the Indian Ocean.