July 13, 2020 / 5:05 PM / a month ago

EU should not cease dialogue with China over Hong Kong - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte after their meeting at the German governmental guest house in Meseberg, outside Berlin, Germany July 13, 2020. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - China’s decision to impose a new security law on Hong Kong is no reason for the European Union to sever dialogue with the world’s second-biggest economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

“It is important that EU member states are trying to find a common policy toward China and a common answer,” Merkel said during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

“This is very important for me. (But) this is no reason not to remain in dialogue with China.”

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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