July 1, 2020 / 5:40 AM / 12 days ago

Hong Kong situation worrying, will impact China relations - Germany

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends a news conference with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg (not pictured) in Vienna, Austria, June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

BERLIN (Reuters) - The situation in Hong Kong will impact Sino-European relations, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday, after Beijing unveiled national security laws for the former British colony.

“What is happening there is extremely worrying because we believe that Hong Kong’s autonomy is gradually being eroded,” Maas told German public broadcaster ZDF.

“Ultimately, the relationship between China and the European Union will be affected,” he added.

Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Editing by Riham Alkousaa

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