The Chinese government has described the meeting of Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) with Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong as an "act of disrespect". "It is extremely wrong that German media and politicians are trying to take advantage of the anti-Chinese separatist wave," said a foreign ministry spokeswoman. This is an "interference in China's internal affairs." The Chinese Foreign Ministry has filed a complaint against the meeting. Maas had met Wong on Monday evening at an event in the Bundestag building.
Shortly after his arrival in Berlin, Wong had asked Germany for more support for the democracy movement in the Chinese Special Administrative Region. The civil rights activist had said that the former British crown colony was now a bulwark between the free world and the "dictatorship of China." He drew parallels between the peaceful reunification movement in Germany and the struggle for freedom in Hong Kong. "If we are in a new Cold War, then Hong Kong is the new Berlin."
Wong also announced further resistance to the government in his homeland. He made it clear that the pro-democracy movement would not be appeased by the withdrawal of the controversial law that was supposed to allow for extradition to China.
Since June 9, there have been protests in Hong Kong, often resulting in clashes between a small section of the protesters and the police. The protest movement fears a growing influence of the Chinese government on Hong Kong. The demonstrators also demand an independent investigation of police violence during the protests.