Merkel’s Top Diplomat Warns China Over Taiwan ‘Threats’
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Patrick Donahue
Wang Yi and Heiko Maas leave after a joint press conference in Berlin, on Sept. 1. Photographer: Michael Sohn/AFP via Getty Images
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s top diplomat warned Chinese counterpart Wang Yi against making “threats” toward European allies, as Wang reinforced his accusation that a Czech lawmaker’s visit to Taiwan had crossed a line.
The sharp exchange after talks in Berlin undermined what had been billed as a charm offensive from China, after Wang, the Chinese foreign minister, said that the Czech Senate president would pay a “heavy price” for his Taiwan visit. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he’d spoken by phone with his Czech counterpart. [FULL STORY]