The Chinese embassy in Berlin criticizes the termination of the extradition agreement between Germany and the Hong Kong special administrative region. This violates international law, according to a statement on the website of the embassy.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas justified the measure with the postponement of the parliamentary election, the exclusion of opposition candidates from the vote and the arrest of activists on the basis of the new security law. Hong Kong's Prime Minister Carrie Lam had previously postponed the September 6 parliamentary election by a year. She justified this with the coronavirus pandemic.
The move is a setback for the democracy movement in Hong Kong, as the opposition had expected a majority of the votes.
The chairman of the Bundestag's Human Rights Committee, Gyde Jensen, described the suspension of the extradition agreement with Hong Kong as "a long overdue step". Maas should not leave it at that, said the FDP politician in Berlin. "Further measures must follow to further increase the pressure on Beijing."
Jansen urged the German government to use the German EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020 to examine personal sanctions against Chinese CP officials at EU level. On the other hand, Maas had to cancel the postponed EU-China summit entirely. "Beijing must not be offered another platform here," emphasized the human rights policy spokeswoman for the FDP parliamentary group.