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Archive for September 11, 2019

Newsline: China summons German ambassador to Beijing

The Chinese Ambassador to Germany said on Wednesday that a recent meeting between the German foreign minister and Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong had sent “very negative signals.” Wu Ken confirmed that Beijing had officially summoned the German ambassador in protest, a fact that was also confirmed by Germany’s Foreign Ministry. “What happened now, I unfortunately have to say, will have negative consequences on bilateral relations and the Chinese side has to react,” said Wu. (https://www.dw.com/en/china-summons-german-ambassador-to-beijing/a-50386638)Wu claimed foreign forces had been involved in the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and reiterated his calls for foreign politicians to back off, saying: “China’s sovereignty and security must be respected. I therefore advise politicians against covering up violent crimes and meddling with Hong Kong’s and China’s internal affairs.” Wu also told reporters that Beijing had repeatedly asked Berlin to deny Wong entry to Germany.

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Newsline: Rocket fire hits complex near U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

An explosion and thick smoke were seen early Wednesday near the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, on the day the United States remembered the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 18 years ago. (https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/09/11/Rocket-fire-hits-complex-near-US-Embassy-in-Afghanistan/7021568213495/?ur3=1) Witnesses said the strike appears to have been a rocket attack, which hit the Afghan defense ministry near the U.S. embassy grounds in Kabul, setting off a warning alarm. No injuries were reported, and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast occurred days after Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the United States would regret abandoning peace talks aimed at withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, where they have had a constant presence since late 2001.