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Senior German diplomat meets China's envoy over Hong Kong

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Foreign Ministry says it invited China's ambassador to meet with one of its top diplomats to again express Berlin's concerns about the situation in Hong Kong. The ministry confirmed a report by daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Deputy Foreign Minister Miguel Berger met Friday in Berlin with Ambassador Wu Ken, China's envoy to Germany.

A national security law imposed on semi-autonomous Hong Kong by Beijing last month law criminalizes what the government considers separatist activities. “The (German) federal government, together with its EU partners, has repeatedly expressed its concern that the law seriously undermines the extensive autonomy of Hong Kong and negatively affects the independence of the justice system and the rule of law,” the ministry said in a statement.

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