I won’t stop meeting Chinese activists, says German foreign minister

14-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM Print This Post

German Foreign minister Heiko Maas said he would continue to meet Chinese human rights activists and lawyers, both at home and on trips to China, after his meeting this week with a Hong Kong democracy activist drew Beijing’s ire.

“When the chancellor is in Beijing she meets human rights lawyers and activists,” Maas told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. “When I’m in Beijing I do the same. And I do the same in Berlin. And that won’t change in the future.”

Maas exchanged words with Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong at a Berlin reception earlier this week, prompting Beijing to summon the German ambassador in protest.

“Our fundamental position on Chinaone country, two political systemsis unchanged,” Maas added. “We support the rights enjoyed by the people of Hong Kong under this Chinese policy.”



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