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Tour of the Federal President : Steinmeier wants a close partnership with China

although It is only a coincidence that the German President Frank Walter-Steinmeier on the International day of human rights, China's President Xi Jinping has met, but the encounter is still charged as in any case, the escalating trade dispute between the United States and China. He wanted to work on it, that "our strategic partnership deepened further," said Xi at the beginning of the conversation with Steinmeier. The German-Chinese cooperation is to bear "more fruit for our States, but also for peace and stability in the world," said Xi.

The President met only a few hours before a court decides in Vancouver, whether the Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is released on bail. The arrest at the instigation of the United States had exacerbated the conflict. With the meeting Steinmeier ended six active state visit to China – it was the longest trip abroad since he took office.

visit emphasised that Respect prior to the performance of China

Steinmeier that his trip "a show of Respect before the performance" of China. No one should underestimate that the country has managed to bring millions of people out of poverty and to provide them with an income through work. Germany and China are economically and culturally closely connected, also, if there was to eliminate "some of the bureaucratic hurdles," said Steinmeier. In the non-public part of the conversation the Federal President is also the issue of human rights and dealing with dissenters and minorities should be addressed in China.

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At the Meeting with Xi also Bärbel Kofler took part, the people part of the mandated right of the Federal government. She sat at the table right next to Steinmeier, and compared to Xi. "The human rights situation in China is deteriorating more and more," said Kofler. This applies to the freedom of religion, freedom of the press and freedom of Assembly, as well as the situation in provinces such as Tibet and Xinjiang, a province with about ten million inhabitants. There are between 500 000 and one Million Muslim Uighurs should be re-education camps or in the Camps, said Kofler. Also, the Chinese photographer Lu Guang has been missing since a trip to Xinjiang a few weeks ago, his wife gets no information on the Status of her husband.

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