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German FM meeting with Joshua Wong 'disrespectful': China

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Deanna Wagner | 11 September, 2019, 07:44

China urges Germany to abide by its promises and avoid sending wrong messages to separatist Hong Kong forces, and urges Maas to abide by the basics of global law and act for the benefit of relations and not be a "damager" of the relationship, Hua added.

The government promised last week to withdraw an extradition bill that sparked three months of protests, but failed to placate protesters, whose demands also include democratic reforms and police accountability.

Lam said her administration's actions, including the bill's formal withdrawal, were "not directly to stop these protests and violence".

Billionaire Li Ka Shing said in a video broadcast on local TV that the government should temper justice with mercy.

"I am very anxious".

'We hope we can unite Hong Kong, ' said one of those booing, Ah Wing, wearing a red Hong Kong team shirt and glasses. "We hope the young people can consider the big picture and those at the helm can give the masters of our future a way out", Li, 91, told a religious gathering outside a Buddhist temple over the weekend.

But she stressed the government can not condone violence and will strictly enforce the law.

A protester with a USA national flag sticking out from her mask takes part in a march from Chater Garden to the US Consulate in Hong Kong on September 8, 2019.

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Rouhani also said that Iran would give Europeans two months to fulfil their commitments to shield the Iranian economy from the USA sanctions.

Retail sales in July sank by the most since February 2016 amid the anti-government protests that have gripped the Chinese-ruled city for more than three months. Riot police retaliated by clearing roads and subway stations and firing tear gas in the bustling shopping district of Causeway Bay.

Demonstrators crowd every overpass, even on the rooftops, as they attend a pro-democracy rally near the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong.

The protesters urged the US Congress to pass proposed legislation that would require Washington to make an annual assessment of whether Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous from mainland China to retain special US trade and economic benefits.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has just returned from a trip to China, during which she faced criticism from Germany for not engaging more directly with the Hong Kong protesters, whose cause is popular in Germany, though she did call for a peaceful solution to the Hong Kong unrest.

"If we are in a new Cold War, Hong Kong is the new Berlin", Wong told the audience, including German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

The 22-year-old activist, who was in Berlin for a newspaper-sponsored event at the German parliament celebrating human rights activists around the world, pledged that protests would not be lulled into complacency by the decision of the city's government to drop a contested new extradition law. She urged Germany to avoid sending the wrong signal to "radical, separatist forces in Hong Kong".

In an immediate response, Wong tweeted that Chinese 's strong reaction was "baffling".

He was one of several protest leaders photographed meeting with a senior U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong.The infamous meeting added weight to Beijing's repeated accusations that Washington is providing direct and indirect support to Hong Kong protesters. His prosecution came after his release from prison in June following a two-month sentence related to the 2014 protests.