• MERKEL RAISES HUMAN RIGHTS ON CHINA TRIP

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    BEIJING: German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised human rights issues publicly in China on Tuesday—unlike many Western visitors—invoking the fall of the Berlin Wall and telling students their country needs “free dialogue.” The German leader, who grew up in the former East Germany, noted in her carefully worded remarks at Beijing’s elite Tsinghua University that China and Germany have a forum to discuss rights. “To me, this dialogue is very important because 25 years ago, when the peaceful revolution took place in the former GDR, this finally led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and enabled us to have a free dialogue,” she said, referring to the German Democratic Republic, East Germany’s formal name. Merkel’s comments are in contrast to many other recent Western visitors to China, who have shied away from public comments on human rights as they pursue trade deals with the world’s second-biggest economy.

    AFP

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