Berlin (dpa) - The Chinese government is angry at the reception of a leading activist of the protest movement in Hong Kong, Joshua Wong, in Berlin and threatens Germany with consequences.
The German ambassador to Beijing was summoned formally after Wong's meeting with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), Chinese ambassador to Germany, Wu Ken, told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday. "We have expressed our deep dissatisfaction."
The "incident" - meaning the meeting of Wong with Maas and other German politicians - would have negative consequences for bilateral relations. China's government has repeatedly urged not to allow Wong entry. On the previous day, the Foreign Office had only stated on request that the German ambassador had been to a meeting in the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Wong arrived at Berlin's Tegel Airport on Monday night. At a party organized by the "Bild" newspaper in the roof garden restaurant of the Bundestag, he then spoke among others with Maas. Wong was first arrested at Hong Kong airport on Sunday morning before his scheduled departure. He was accused of violating his bail conditions.
"More and more facts have made it clear that some radicalists, under the pretext of democracy, want to hide their true countenance and malice for being against the rule of law, against social order, and against the principle of" one country, two systems, "said the Chinese Ambassador Wong accused him of being a mastermind of violent protests in Hong Kong.
Since June 9, there have been protests in the financial metropolis, often resulting in clashes between a small section of the protesters and the police. The protest movement fears increasing influence of the Chinese government on Hong Kong. The demonstrators also demand an independent investigation of police violence during the protests. There was also violence from the ranks of the protest movement.
Wong called on the federal government on Wednesday to clearly condemn police violence and abuse of power. In addition, Germany should expose the export of equipment to the riot police of Hong Kong, said the 22-year-old before the federal press conference in Berlin. "Acts say more than words." The equipment was used against protesters.
Wong also demanded that Germany suspend talks on trade relations with China and Hong Kong until human rights issues are put on the agenda. Also sanctions would have to be considered. The activist announced further protests in the Chinese Special Administrative Region.
For three consecutive years, China has been the largest German trading partner with a volume of almost 200 billion euros - ahead of the Netherlands, the USA or France. In 2018, Germany exported goods worth 93 billion euros to China, which is about seven percent of the total export volume of the Federal Republic of Germany. Especially vehicles and machines are in demand in the East Asian country.