BERLIN/BEIJING (Own report) – Germany’s Defense Ministry is joining the discussion on Germany’s policy toward China with a new publication aimed at “contributing to the debate on security policy in Germany” and seeking an answer to the People’s Republic of China’s rise to global power status. The defense ministry’s analyses span the entire spectrum of the current debate – from a call for an independent EU policy in East Asia, to collaboration with the United States in the struggle for western influence in the region. There is no consensus on whether the EU – independently from the transatlantic alliance – can become strong enough to have influence in the Pacific Basin. While the discussion continues, more conflicts are emerging in concrete policy-making regarding China’s influence on the European continent. Germany is beginning to worry about the loss of its hitherto undisputed dominance in Eastern and Southeast Europe.