Does the red dragon soon fire?
After the meeting of Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (52, SPD) with the Hong Kong freedom activist Joshua Wong (22) at the BILD100 festival China threatens the federal government blatantly.
Chinese ambassador to Berlin, Wu Ken (58), announced yesterday that the meeting would have "negative consequences for bilateral relations" with Germany.
In Beijing, the Chinese ordered the German ambassador Clemens von Goetze (57), Wu Ken complained to the Foreign Office. The fact is: China is Germany's largest trading partner, the countries exchanged 2018 goods worth nearly 200 billion euros.
Only last week Chancellor Angela Merkel (65, CDU) traveled to China with German business leaders. Their goal: Giant deals with the giant empire (about 1.4 billion inhabitants)!
The balance: The Merkel trip was a great success for German companies. On BILD demand, Allianz SE announced that it had signed a letter of intent for "comprehensive cooperation" with the Bank of China. Likewise the Siemens AG, which plans a "co-operation with the development and use of, green hydrogen 'with a Chinese power producer.
Deutsche Post stated that it is working with a Chinese company on the "development and production of a special electric, light commercial vehicle, especially for the Chinese market".
But all these agreements were made BEFORE the Wong Maas handshake. What if the rulers in Beijing are out for revenge now?
Asked about the political escalation, a post spokesman urged the federal government "to create the necessary political and economic conditions to shape favorable economic relations for both countries".
The Foreign Office said that "nothing has changed" in Germany's position with regard to China.
But China's rhetoric is becoming more aggressive. Ambassador Wu Ken called the freedom fighters "brutal felons" and "near terrorists." Does Wong have to worry about being arrested again on his return?
The activist was unconcerned, but the human rights organization Human Rights Watch was alarmed.
"The authorities in Hong Kong have to prove that they can protect Mr. Wong from threats," said China director Sophie Richardson (49) to BILD. "All governments that have received him should closely follow how he is treated upon his return."
Foreign politician Alexander Graf-Lambsdorff (52, FDP) to BILD: "If Wong applies for asylum, he must get it too. That's where our constitution is very clear. "
Joshua Wong: "The government seems very nervous"
Wednesday morning Joshua Wong (22) in the Federal Press Conference asked the questions of journalists, answered questions from newspaper reporters, the "Deutschlandfunk" and the "New York Times". Unlike the Chinese Embassy, which locked out BILD at noon at its press conference. The reason: There is "no more free space" for the BILD reporter.
According to journalists present, however, several seats were available. Wong suspects: "The government seems very nervous because I met in Germany at the BILD event Foreign Minister Heiko Maas."
During the day, Wong completed several interview appointments, held a speech at Humboldt University in the evening. Also in the Bundestag was Wong theme. "I regret that so far they have missed the chance to meet the opposition Joshua Wong," criticized FDP leader Christian Lindner (40) the Chancellor. Angela Merkel called the observance of human rights in Hong Kong "indispensable".
Remarkable: According to own data Wong had neither police protection nor other security during his visit to Germany. Today, Wong flies to New York, then travels to Washington.
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