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7/3, 11:51 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Merkel worried Hong Kong autonomy is being 'eroded'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Berlin is worried that Hong Kong's autonomy is jeopardized by China's new national security law which came into force this week.

"Based on an open dialogue, we also speak about the rule of law and human rights, as well as the future of Hong Kong where we are concerned that the important principle of ‘one country, two systems’ is being eroded," Merkel said and promised to discuss the issue with Beijing during Germany's EU presidency from July through December.

China's new legislation received strong backlash from the West with the United States passing a bill to sanction Beijing in response to the law. The United Kingdom and the EU also expressed concerns about China's move.

Breaking the News / NP