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Germany: Chinese ambassador warns Berlin against 'double standards' on HK

Germany, Berlin
September 11, 2019 at 18:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chinese ambassador to Germany Wu Ken warned Berlin against using what he called 'double standards' while commenting on the protests in Hong Kong. Wu was speaking at a news conference in the Chinese embassy in Berlin on Wednesday.

"The responsibility of the government and all police officers obliges them to fight criminality and to ensure the dignity of law as well as social order. We all truly hope that German friends look at the situation in Hong Kong fairly. Do not apply double standards and actively support the stability, or rather the prosperity of Hong Kong," said the ambassador.

Wu also criticised meetings between one of the protest leaders Joshua Wong and German politicians.

''He and his accomplices endeavour to create confrontation in society and widen hate and violence, to try and bring down the system of 'One country, two systems' and to try and slander the Hong Kong government as well as the police. They maintain their innocence and that they are fighting for freedom and democracy for Hong Kong. In fact, they do not mention their participation in violent offences, their hidden political agenda is therefore very questionable," added Wu.

The statement came Wong joined the Federal Press Conference in Berlin on Wednesday calling Hong Kong the 'front line' in the battle against authoritarianism and urging Germany to stop selling weapons to the city's police.

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Chinese ambassador to Germany Wu Ken warned Berlin against using what he called 'double standards' while commenting on the protests in Hong Kong. Wu was speaking at a news conference in the Chinese embassy in Berlin on Wednesday.

"The responsibility of the government and all police officers obliges them to fight criminality and to ensure the dignity of law as well as social order. We all truly hope that German friends look at the situation in Hong Kong fairly. Do not apply double standards and actively support the stability, or rather the prosperity of Hong Kong," said the ambassador.

Wu also criticised meetings between one of the protest leaders Joshua Wong and German politicians.

''He and his accomplices endeavour to create confrontation in society and widen hate and violence, to try and bring down the system of 'One country, two systems' and to try and slander the Hong Kong government as well as the police. They maintain their innocence and that they are fighting for freedom and democracy for Hong Kong. In fact, they do not mention their participation in violent offences, their hidden political agenda is therefore very questionable," added Wu.

The statement came Wong joined the Federal Press Conference in Berlin on Wednesday calling Hong Kong the 'front line' in the battle against authoritarianism and urging Germany to stop selling weapons to the city's police.

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W/S Wu Ken, Chinese ambassador to Germany arriving at news conference, Berlin

SOT, Wu Ken, Chinese ambassador to Germany, (German): ''We have taken note, that some German politicians and Bundestag representatives made comments about Hong Kong, in which they demanded freedom of expression to be protected and criticised the alleged excessive police violence. The German media has followed the demonstrations with great interest. They have, however, kept quite about the brutality and vandalism [of the protesters].''

SOT, Wu Ken, Chinese ambassador to Germany, (German): ''The responsibility of the government and all police officers obliges them to fight criminality and to ensure the dignity of law as well as social order. We all truly hope that German friends look at the situation in Hong Kong fairly. Do not apply double standards and actively support the stability, or rather the prosperity of Hong Kong."

SOT, Wu Ken, Chinese ambassador to Germany, (German): ''Joshua Wong, due to his participation in illegal activity, has been judged to the letter of the law. Recently, he was arrested yet again and released on bail because he instigated illegal gatherings and took part in them himself.''

SOT, Wu Ken, Chinese ambassador to Germany, (German): ''He and his accomplices endeavour to create confrontation in society and widen hate and violence, to try and bring down the system of 'One country, two systems' and to try and slander the Hong Kong government as well as the police. They maintain their innocence and that they are fighting for freedom and democracy for Hong Kong. In fact, they do not mention their participation in violent offences, their hidden political agenda is therefore very questionable. Unfortunately, some German politicians have welcomed an instigator of such violent acts. If you do not have the basic knowledge about the actual situation in Hong Kong, then I must assume that you want to gain political capital."

W/S End of news conference

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