- Heiko Maas urged China to allow the United Nations to send a special investigative mission to understand the human rights situation of Uighurs in Xinjiang.
- The Chinese Foreign Minister emphasized that no foreign interference in internal affairs is allowed.
- Maas emphasized that the EU has a desire to establish a good relationship with China and is working to sign a wide-ranging bilateral agreement.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on China to withdraw the “Hong Kong National Security Law” when meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin on Tuesday. He said to Wang, “we hope that the principle of “one country, two systems’ can be implemented.”
Maas said that Germany still has concerns about the impact of the “Hong Kong National Security Law,” and that the people of Hong Kong should enjoy the rights stipulated in the Basic Law.
He said “we have not only closely observed the situation in Hong Kong over the past weeks and months, not only in connection with the security law, we have also reacted together with our European partners.”
“Our joint European appeal remains that the election to the legislative council takes place quickly and without hindrance, and that the restrictions of the security law be reversed,” Maas added.
The Hong Kong Legislative Council election was originally planned to be held in September, but the Hong Kong government stated that it was postponed indefinitely due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Democratic opposition groups consider it illegal to postpone the election.
Maas said Europe requires elections to be conducted “swiftly and unimpeded.” The EU should agree on a common set of sanctions to deal with the postponement of elections.
Earlier, Hong Kong democracy activists gathered outside the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin. Led by Nathan Law, the demonstrators held photos of imprisoned dissidents and chanted slogans such as “Free Hong Kong,” and “raise for human rights.”
Luo Guancong called on Maas to raise the issue of freedom and human rights in Hong Kong, and told about 100 to 150 demonstrators that Germany and other Western countries believe that it is “wishful thinking” that Germany and other Western countries can persuade China to implement democratic reforms through dialogue alone.
Maas expressed the hope that China would agree to the United Nations sending an observation team into Xinjiang. He said that Foreign Minister Wang also expressed his will.
Maas also announced that next week, the German-Chinese human rights dialogue will start, which will involve the Chinese government’s repressive actions against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
In response to Maas’s remarks, Wang said that both Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues are “China’s internal affairs,” and foreign governments should not interfere.
Wang Optimistically Emphasizes Cooperation in Germany
Germany was the last stop of Wang Yi’s trip. He met with Maas in a villa on the outskirts of a lake. A press conference was held after the meeting between the foreign ministers of Germany and China.
Maas said that the urgent requirement of the epidemic on the world is international cooperation. “This is our third meeting this year, which illustrates the importance of our diplomatic relations.”
He emphasized that the EU has a desire to establish a good relationship with China, and is working to sign a wide-ranging bilateral agreement. Maas said that in terms of climate protection, Europe will work side-by-side with China. Without China, there will be no sustainable results.
At the same time, the EU will defend its value beyond its borders. Foreign Minister Maas asked the Beijing government not to put on threats at every turn.