A planned visit to a German naval frigate in China was canceled following objections from officials in Beijing.
“After a period of reflection, China decided that it does not want the German frigate Bavaria to visit the port, and we know that “said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in Berlin on Wednesday.
The German government said in April that it wanted to strengthen security cooperation in Asia and, in particular, coordinate more closely with Japan.
The declared goal was” a rule-based order “Free sea lanes and multilateralism”, combined with a friendly gesture towards China – the now refused port visit.
China claims 80 percent of the resource-rich sea through which several important international shipping routes run.
The International Court of Arbitration in The Hague rejected China’s claims in 2016, but Beijing officials continue to ignore the verdict.