She said before the German Federal Council: “In order to reach successful relations with China and effectively promote our European interests, Europe must speak with one critical voice.”
She added: “The member states of the Union can not have enough weight to achieve ambitious agreements with China only by standing together.”
“Based on the frank dialogue, we are also talking 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 and two systems is eroding.”
And the Chinese parliament approved the end of last June, national security legislation in Hong Kong, which paves the way for changes in the former British colony, the largest since its return to Chinese rule nearly 23 years ago.
“The law, which is a response to pro-democracy protests, came out in Hong Kong last year, some of which turned violent, aimed at countering sabotage, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign powers,” says Beijing.