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Merkel gives mixed review of China trip

The Local · 4 Feb 2012, 13:29

Published: 04 Feb 2012 13:29 GMT+01:00

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Merkel had been due to speak with China's most prominent civil rights lawyer, Mo Shaoping, at the German embassy in Beijing, but Chinese security kept him from taking part in the reception.

"I think that a country with as much vigour and dynamic growth as China should also have the confidence to know that the people – with their vigour and power of persuasion – are needed to strengthen civil society," she said.

The German chancellor was also scheduled to speak with the publisher of a liberal paper, Nanfang Zhoumo, whom Merkel had granted an interview ahead of her visit.

Hong Kong media cited editors of the newspaper, who reportedly said they had come under "a great deal of pressure" from Beijing over the planned meeting.

Green Party MP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, who accompanied Merkel on her trip, said the fact that the German delegation was unable to meet with the newspaper was a further sign of "over-nervousness."

Moreover, the incident with Mo tarnished the trip: "The Chinese leadership did not have to do that," Cramon-Taubadel said.

Merkel said the two sides also reviewed the human rights situation in China. "The issue of Tibet was also discussed, as one of many issues that deeply trouble us," she said.

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Yet on the economic front, the German chancellor hailed talks between the two sides, saying she was confident that China would work to help Europe emerge from its debt crisis.


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16:12 February 4, 2012 by coffejohn
Did Merkel go to China to support human rights or to beg? If to beg then Germans may like to ask why she, you, need to beg off the Chinese!
22:20 February 4, 2012 by derExDeutsche
Here, in an interview with, Jin Liqun, China's Sovereign Wealth Fund Chairman, China's position on European Sovereign Debt is explained.

It is clear that China is not interested in making investments for sentimental reasons. China wants to see a substantial return for its investment.

23:01 February 4, 2012 by zeddriver
So how can China solve the European debt crisis since it is not willing to be altruistic. Am i missing something. I always thought that selling your debt just changes the name one puts on the monthly payment.

And of course. While Europe holds out it's hand begging and groveling before the Chinese. It uses it's other hand to slap China's face over human rights. Europe is looking more like America every day. America wants cheap oil from the middle east. Then we go mucking about with guns in the middle east. Even if going into the region was justified. Which is debatable. We shouldn't have done it. As the only thing that has come about is an 84% increase in the cost of benzine. And dead troops. Yep! We sure showed them.
09:36 February 5, 2012 by rodeme
It will not be long before the United States would ask China to help restore America's economic crisis. You may laugh with this news. As german chancellor Angela Marker ask China to help restore the economy of Western Europe. Do you already know this? You must read the foreign news. you must remember and realize the china in the United States has exceeded 20 million. China people in Europe already exceeds 100 million. We will rule the world. Although I and my family united states citizen. We continue to support the policy of the Government of China for our descendants. the china.
11:35 February 5, 2012 by zeddriver

So, If China is the bright shining star of civility and everything that is good. Why are you in America? Were you born in America or immigrate to America? Either way. Why did you not immigrate or return to the land that you love so much. Maybe it's because you live in a place that actually lets you say such things without being thrown into prison. Maybe you like the high standard of living that America and Europe offers. Might be hard for you to afford that BMW or Rolex or that good collage education on the $1 an hour that Chinese factories pays it's workers.
14:40 February 5, 2012 by derExDeutsche
@ zeddriver its just another login name for one of thelocal.de regulars with a hard-on for the united states.

thelocal.de regular: 'The USA economy is about to completely collapse, any second'.

Reality: 6 months later, the EU economy and Union is on the brink of collapse.

thelocal.de regular: 'China owns all of the United States'

Reality: Bundeskanzler Merkel just spent a trip groveling to the Chinese who don't even WANT to own the EU.

thelocal.de regular: 'Climate Change is Real!'

Reality: Seems the facts are changing all the time.

thelocal.de regular: 'Americans are Racist!'

Reality: there is FAR less diversity in European countries. And even with the few minorities Euros do have, they do manage to make quite a fuss about them.

Bottom line, don't expect to see anything coming in the form of foresight on thelocal.de. If its here, and its true, its news, and its past tense.
15:01 February 5, 2012 by zeddriver

I know hind sight is 20-20. I paused for a few minutes before I posted. As I had a thought that rodeme is a pyromaniac. Loves to watch fires they start. But alas. I didn't listen to myself.
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