torsdag 29. april 2021

China tells Germany to focus on trade, not human rights

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to boost trade ties but stay out of "internal affairs" such as human rights and the political situation in Hong Kong. Li's warning to Germany comes amid heightened tensions between Europe and China over Beijing's crackdown against the Muslim Uyghur minority in the western region of Xinjiang. Last month, the EU imposed sanctionsagainst four Chinese officials in Xinjiang, to which Beijing reacted with harsh counter-sanctions against EU diplomats, lawmakers and academics. Chinese consumers have also reacted with boycotts against some western companies.

In Germany, a parliamentary committee will on May 17 hold a public hearing on "human rights violations against the Uyghurs."