Merkel proposes invitation from Hong Kong activists

Angela Merkel travels to China on Thursday. An activist from Hong Kong had asked her for help in conflict with the country. She does not plan to meet the activists.

The Federal Government has been reluctant to respond to the request of an activist in Hong Kong for assistance. Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken note of the open letter from Joshua Wong on the media, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

On the question of whether Chancellor Wong and other activists will meet in their upcoming visit to China, said Seibert, the travel program for Merkel had not changed. The program does not provide for such meetings.

Activist: Wish us courage and determination

In principle, the Federal Government advocates a solution in dialogue without violence, said Seibert. This dialogue must be conducted on the basis of Hong Kong’s “Basic Law,” said Seibert. The Basic Law grants people in the Special Administrative Region fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and assembly.

Wong asked Merkel for help in Merkel’s “Bild” letter: “We hope that you show courage and determination against authoritarian injustices that inspired Germany and Europe before the end of the Cold War and that show Europe today.” Merkel breaks for a three-day trip to China on Thursday.

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