The Chinese government disapproves of a meeting of Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) with Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong. As a result, the German Ambassador in Beijing has been formally summoned.
The Chinese ambassador to Germany said: "We have expressed our deep dissatisfaction." The "incident" - meaning the meeting of Wong, Maas and other German politicians - will have negative consequences for bilateral relations. China's government has repeatedly demanded that Wong be refused entry. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman had spoken of "disrespect" for China's sovereignty and interference in internal affairs.
The Foreign Ministry confirmed that the German ambassador had been to a meeting in the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
22-year-old Wong arrived in Berlin on Monday evening. He had met Maas on the sidelines of an event. On Wednesday, the activist spoke at the federal press conference and called on the federal government to strongly condemn police violence and abuse of power.
Germany and the rest of the world should not turn a blind eye to the events in Hong Kong. Joshua Wong, activist from Hong Kong
In addition, Germany should expose the export of equipment to the riot police of Hong Kong: "Germany and the rest of the world should not close their eyes to the events in Hong Kong," he said. The local police should not be supported in their violent action against the demonstrators. Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam described Wong as "blind to police brutality."
For 14 weeks, people in Hong Kong have been protesting for their rights and freedoms. Repeatedly there were riots and violent clashes with the police.