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World Germany fears erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy, Merkel says

12:51  03 july  2020
12:51  03 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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‘In the current situation, everything must be done to avoid violence,’ German chancellor says in Beijing.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany fears that Hong Kong's autonomy is being "eroded" and Berlin will raise issues such as human rights with China during its presidency of the EU that began this month, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud standing next to a man wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: G20 leaders summit in Osaka © Reuters/POOL New FILE PHOTO: G20 leaders summit in Osaka

"Based on an open dialogue, we also speak about the rule of law and human rights, as well as the future of Hong Kong where we are concerned that the important principle of 'one country, two systems' is being eroded," Merkel said.

She spoke to the Bundesrat upper house of parliament, outlining priorities for Germany's half-year EU presidency, during which it aims to make a trade deal with China a priority.

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 Hong Kong. Washington announces visa restrictions for Chinese officials © MANDEL NGAN / POOL / AFP Mike Pompeo on June 24, 2020. This Friday, June 26, the United States announced a "visa restriction" for Chinese officials. Donald Trump had promised to punish Communist Party officials who questioned Hong Kong's autonomy. The United States announced on Friday, June 26, visa restrictions to limit the entry into the United States of Chinese officials considered responsible for questioning the autonomy of Hong Kong .

Hong Kong ' s high degree of autonomy and threatened the freedoms and rights protected by the 1984 Joint Declaration.

German Chancellor Merkel and head of the European Commission von der Leyen hold joint news conference. Turning to calls for countries to offer Hong Kong citizens an escape path from the region she added: "The right to asylum in Germany is available to people everywhere, so I don't see a need

"In order to have successful relations with China and to represent our European interests effectively, Europe must speak decisively with one voice," Merkel said.

"Only together the 27 EU member countries have enough weight to achieve ambitious deals with China."

The EU is facing pressure from rights groups and activists not to put its economic interests first, after China unveiled a national security law for Hong Kong this week, which Western countries say threaten freedoms enjoyed by the city since it was returned from British rule to China in 1997.

The bloc is eager to make progress on an EU-China investment deal after six years of talks. It wants to see movement in areas such as autos, biotech and micro-electronics, and see Beijing limit subsidies for state-run companies.

The president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said last month he doubted a deal would be concluded this year, voicing fears China was drifting toward isolation.

(Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Thomas Seythal; Editing by Peter Graff)

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HONGKONG-DEMONSTRATION-EDUCATION: Hong Kong prohibits hymns deemed protesters in schools © Reuters / Tyrone Siu HONG KONG PROHIBITED PROTESTATAIRES IN SCHOOLS HONG KONG (Reuters ) - Hong Kong authorities banned students from singing "Glory to Hong Kong", the unofficial anthem of pro-democracy protests, on Wednesday just hours after Beijing opened its new national security office in the special administrative region .

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