China summons German ambassador to Beijing

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EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: The Chinese government have summoned German Ambassador to Beijing in what it called a protest at German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meeting with pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong.

Beijing says it has “sufficient proof” of foreign intervention in Hong Kong, while its Ambassador to Germany said on Wednesday that a recent meeting between the German foreign minister and Hong Kong activist had sent “very negative signals.”

Wu Ken confirmed that Beijing had officially summoned the German ambassador in protest, claiming foreign forces had been involved in the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. He also voiced Beijing’s confidence in the Hong Kong government to carry out its duties.

Protests in Hong Kong began on March 31, 2019, in opposition to a proposed law that would have made it easier for the central government in Beijing to extradite fugitives to mainland China. Protesters argued the law would undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy.

Confrontations have escalated over the past five months becoming increasingly violent and eventually forcing the temporary withdrawal of the proposed bill.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam was ultimately forced to withdraw it entirely on September 4. Authorities in Beijing have called the situation “the worst crisis in Hong Kong” since it was returned to China by the United Kingdom in 1997.

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