Berlin (dts news agency) – Germany’s industry takes a clearer tone than China on the issue of human rights violations. “Political factors are currently overshadowing the business prospects of our companies in and with China. The human rights situation in Xinjiang and Hong Kong is straining relations,” said the President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Dieter Kempf, of “Welt” (Monday edition).
Fundamental and human rights are of course a global and non-negotiable good for German industry. “Beijing must be clear that the way in which political and social conflicts are resolved always has an impact on economic relations.” An EU-China summit with the heads of state and government of the member states in Leipzig was originally planned for the weekend.
However, the summit was canceled with reference to the corona pandemic. Instead, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU Council President Charles Michel and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet virtually on Monday afternoon. Since Germany currently holds the EU Council Presidency, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is also there.