Germany’s Merkel presses call for peaceful Hong Kong resolution

Germany’s Merkel presses call for peaceful Hong Kong resolution
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 6, 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 September 2019

Germany’s Merkel presses call for peaceful Hong Kong resolution

Germany’s Merkel presses call for peaceful Hong Kong resolution
  • The Hong Kong protests have overshadowed a three-day trip which Merkel had planned to use to press for greater access to Chinese markets
  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced concessions this week to try to end the protests

WUHAN, China: German Chancellor Angela Merkel renewed her calls for a peaceful solution to unrest in Hong Kong on Saturday.

The Hong Kong protests have overshadowed a three-day trip which Merkel had planned to use to press for greater access to Chinese markets for German businesses suffering a slowdown at home.

“I have advocated that conflicts be resolved without violence and that anything else would be a catastrophe from my point of view,” Merkel said.
After talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, Merkel said Beijing had listened to her views. “This is important,” she added.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced concessions this week to try to end the protests, including formally scrapping a hugely unpopular extradition bill, but many said these were too little, too late.