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Hugging the Panda Gerhard Schröder Opens Doors for German Companies in China

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has gotten a lot of criticism for his ties to Russian energy companies. But he also has become an "old friend of the Chinese people," helping German businesses forge links with Chinese companies -- and earning his own fair share of consulting fees.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder hugs a giant panda during a visit to China.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder hugs a giant panda during a visit to China.

AP
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan