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Hong Kong: Joshua Wong at the heart of a diplomatic incident between Berlin and Beijing

2019-09-11T19:56:12.010Z

Between China and Germany, the tension is rising. It was reported on Wednesday that the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the German ambassador to Beijing. A sign of Beijing's exasperation that has hardly appreciated the meeting between ...



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Joshua Wong, democracy activist in Hong Kong, speaking to students at Humboldt University in Berlin, September 11, 2019. REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke

Between China and Germany, the tension is rising. It was learned on Wednesday that the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the German ambassador to Beijing. A sign of the exasperation of Beijing who did not appreciate the meeting between the head of German diplomacy, Heiko Maas, and Hong Kong's pro-democracy activist, Joshua Wong, in Berlin.

" Incident " is how the Chinese ambassador in Berlin described the meeting between Heiko Maas and the best known face of the Hong Kong prodemocracy movement, Joshua Wong. " An incident that will have a very negative impact on the bilateral relations between Beijing and Berlin ".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is allowing herself on an official visit to Beijing last week to call for respect for Hong Kong's rights and freedoms, was already a very difficult pill for the Chinese government to swallow.

But that Joshua Wong could go to Germany, - while Beijing had asked that Berlin deny him entry into the territory - that the young opponent of Hong Kong meet the head of German diplomacy and parliamentarians, and finally he gives a press conference and calls on Germany to stop the sale of anti-riot equipment to the Hong Kong police, for the Chinese government it is too much. And he told the German ambassador in Beijing.

However, these signs of protest reveal above all the level of pressure that the crisis of Hong Kong puts on China.

To read the RFI interview with Joshua Wong: In Hong Kong, "we face Emperor Xi"

Source: rfi

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