- Wang Yi arrived in Germany, the last stop of this week-long European tour.
- On the same day, federal parliamentarians and activists jointly organized a protest in front of the German Foreign Ministry.
- The Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs called this a "provocative act", "an enemy of 1.4 billion Chinese people," and he must "pay a heavy price."
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said after meeting with German Foreign Minister Maas that there is still a great opportunity to complete the negotiations on the China-EU investment protection agreement within this year. Maas said the EU will also defend its values beyond its borders.
On Tuesday, Wang Yi arrived in Germany, the last stop of this week-long European tour. Germany currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Council. On the same day, federal parliamentarians and activists jointly organized a protest in front of the German Foreign Ministry.
However, the meeting between the two ministers of Germany and China was not arranged in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but in a villa on the banks of Lake Tieg.
A press conference was held after the meeting between the foreign ministers of Germany and China. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke first. He said that the urgent requirement of the epidemic on the world is international cooperation.
“You know that our concerns about the effects of the security law have not been allayed,” Maas said. “We want the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle to be applied as fully as possible.”
He emphasized that the EU has a desire to establish good relations 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, “We are totally unacceptable to intimidate such behavior.” “In the field of diplomacy and security, we are united with EU partners.”
What Maas is referring to is, Wang Yi previously discussed the visit of an 89-member delegation led by the President of the Czech Senate Milos Vystrčil.
The Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs called this a “provocative act,” “an enemy of 1.4 billion Chinese people,” and he must “pay a heavy price.” Not only Maas but Norbert Röttgen, the former Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the German Bundestag, also stated that EU member states recognize the one-China policy.
Nevertheless, visiting Taiwan should be feasible, especially in the anti-epidemic situation. Maas said that he made a pledge of solidarity and cooperation with the Czech Republic.
Maas also said that Germany still has concerns about the impact of the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law and that the people of Hong Kong should enjoy the rights stipulated by the Basic Law.
He said, “our assessment criteria for the development of the situation in Hong Kong have not changed.” He called for the Legislative Council elections to be held as soon as possible to withdraw the restrictions in the National Security Law.”
Maas expressed the hope that China would agree to the United Nations sending an observation team into Xinjiang. He said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi also expressed his will.
Maas also announced that next week will start the German-Chinese human rights dialogue, which will involve the Chinese government’s repressive actions against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed the accusations against China and repeated his previous criticism of the Czech Republic, stating that his actions had crossed the “red line.”
He appealed not to interfere in China’s internal affairs including Hong Kong and Xinjiang. Wang Yi expressed optimistically that there is still a great opportunity to complete the negotiations on the China-EU investment protection agreement within this year.
He said that China and Germany are partners, and it is only natural for them to start communication. Both countries have the responsibility to promote multilateral international cooperation and work hard to promote the development of the world economy in the crisis of the new coronavirus epidemic.
On the eve of Wang Yi’s visit to Germany, Luo Guancong, the former chairman of the Hong Kong All-China Innovation Party, who was in exile in Britain, spoke to the media, asking Germany to take targeted sanctions against China.