German parliament panel cancels China trip after China bans human rights activist to enterChristian 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.
Asia Margarete Bause
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." ■