Statement by a Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson on today’s video conference between Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi

24.05.2022 - Press release

In an hour-long video conference, Foreign Minister Baerbock spoke today with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. In view of the many global challenges, Foreign Minister Baerbock stressed the importance of international cooperation. However, such cooperation must be based on the fundamental norms of the international order, which must be respected and defended by all. Germany strongly appeals to all members of the international community to condemn Russia’s illegal war of aggression and to assume their responsibility to uphold international law and to protect the UN Charter.

Human rights are a fundamental part of the international order and Germany is committed to protecting them worldwide. Foreign Minister Baerbock therefore also addressed the shocking reports and new evidence of very serious human rights violations in Xinjiang and called for a transparent investigation.

The greatest challenge for the international community is the climate crisis, which we can only fight effectively together. In order to keep the world on the 1.5° path, all countries must be more ambitious in their climate targets. Therefore, Germany is prepared to step up its cooperation with China in this area.


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