German intelligence chief sees crisis boosting China

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The head of Germany's foreign intelligence service said the world was undergoing a ‘geopolitical metamorphosis,’ with China likely to rise in importance.

Berlin -- The global financial crisis is resulting in a "geopolitical metamorphosis" that is likely to boost China's standing in the world, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence service said Tuesday.

"If China recovers more quickly than other (countries), its weight will increase in the region compared to other players," Ernst Uhrlau, head of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), told the Handelsblatt daily in an interview. "And internationally, if China becomes the motor of the (global) economic recovery, the country will ... have greater influence on the rules of the game.”

"We are most likely experiencing a geopolitical metamorphosis," he added.

He added that although China's growing economic ties with other countries around the world was civilian in nature at present, in future they "could have a military use."

Uhrlau also said that the global recession might lead to more people joining Islamic extremist groups because these organisations see the crisis as "proof that the West's supposed domination has lapsed."

"This could boost recruitment for militant or Jihad groups," he said.


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