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German parliament panel cancels China trip after China bans human rights activist to enter

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 10, 2019
The digital committee of Germany's parliament has effectively called off a planned trip to China over Beijing's insistence that a Green party lawmaker be removed from the participants list because of her strong stance on the Asian power's human rights record.
Margarete Bause
Asia   Margarete Bause
Margarete Bause, the Alliance 90/The Greens' caucus speaker for human rights policy, in a recent interview with the Nikkei Asian Review said she supported the crafting of regulations banning any company "be it Chinese or German" involved in human rights abuses from public procurement deals in Germany.

Topics: German China

"China increasingly employs a 'divide and conquer' strategy and exerts pressure, but we parliamentarians must not allow others to divide us," Bause told the Nikkei in a separate interview on Friday,

In a news conference on Monday, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying justified the ban on Bause by saying she is a member of the Bundestag's human rights committee who tried to sneak into China as a member of the digitization panel. China had earlier rejected a planned visit by the human rights committee.

"As a sovereign country and host, China has the right to reject uninvited people," Hua said. "China surely doesn't welcome anyone that has been lobbying on behalf of anti-China forces and harming China's interests."


 

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