Didi Kirsten Tatlow

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President Xi Jinping of China and his wife Peng Liyuan sit with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Reinhard Grindel, president of the German Football Association, at a children’s soccer game between China and Germany. The match took place during Mr. Xi’s visit to Olympic Park in Berlin, in July 2017. Credit Pool photo by Ronald Wittek

The previous time I lived in Berlin, in 2000, China had recently bought a building by the Spree River to use for a sprawling new embassy, and the staff would bully the clients of a women-only gym that had a lease on the top floor with verbal insults and by making them undergo intimidating security checks.

The bizarre practice was aimed, apparently, at forcing out the gym and securing use of the entire building for China. It worked. Today, the silver and mirror-clad embassy sparkles by the spinach-colored waters of the Spree, satellite dishes and antennas poking out on top.

I’m back in Berlin, having spent the intervening years reporting in Beijing as China vaulted from sixth place to second in global economic strength, pushing down Germany from third to fourth.…  Seguir leyendo »