Beijing slams Berlin after Wong meets foreign affairs minister

Top News | Angel Kwan 11 Sep 2019

Demosisto secretary-general Joshua Wong Chi-fung met German Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas in Berlin yesterday, during which the 22-year-old urged Berlin to support Hong Kong's quest for universal suffrage.

But Beijing said it was "extremely dissatisfied and resolutely opposed" to Wong meeting the German official.

Wong said in a Facebook post yesterday that he urged Maas to make a clear statement to Beijing that Germany will support Hong Kong on implementing universal suffrage, and oppose the application of emergency law.

"I appeal to Germany for their clear statement to Beijing that they support implementation of universal suffrage in Hong Kong," he said on Facebook.

Wong added he found the German foreign minister was concerned about the future development of the protests in Hong Kong.

Earlier yesterday, Wong gave a speech in a memorial activity to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall.

"We are now standing between the free world and the dictatorship of China," he told an audience. "If we are in the new Cold War, Hong Kong is the new Berlin."

He said many had congratulated him on the full withdrawal of the extradition bill last week.

"But I would not think it a victory because Hongkongers have paid a substantial price for this small step," he said.

He believes the withdrawal was a ruse to buy time and "paint an illusion of peace" ahead of National Day on October 1.

Wong also urged the "free world to stand together with us in resisting the Chinese autocratic regime," as he described President Xi Jinping as "not a president but an emperor."

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China strongly opposed Germany's move to allow "a Hong Kong separatist" into the country and conduct anti-China separatist activities.

She said Beijing has lodged "solemn representations" to Berlin on the Wong visit and questioned its intention in allowing the activist to meet with the German minister.

Meanwhile, Wong and Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho Wan-see have been invited to speak at a US congressional commission hearing, which will discuss Hong Kong developments, on September 17.

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