The Chinese Embassy in Berlin expressed strong indignation and firm opposition to the wrong remarks of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in a statement posted on its website and dated Friday.
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States also have suspended their extradition
treaties with Hong Kong
last month after the central government in Beijing
imposed a new national security law on the city. The move raised fears that Hong Kong's freedoms and local autonomy are being taken away.
Germany's Maas described the election decisions as a further infringement of the rights of Hong Kong's citizens.
The Chinese Embassy said the actions were justified and consistent with the one country, two systems framework under which Hong Kong, a former British colony, was handed over to Chinese control in 1997.
The German side's erroneous remarks on Hong Kong and the suspension of the extradition treaty with Hong Kong are a serious breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations and gross violation of China's internal affairs, the embassy statement said.
We firmly oppose them and reserve the right to react further. Germany currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency.
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