This comes just after German foreign minister Heiko Maas held a controversial meeting and photo op with pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong in Berlin on Monday. Wong has emerged as among the most visible virulently anti-Beijing representatives of popular protests and unrest which have gripped Hong Kong streets for months over the anti-extradition bill.
Beijing promptly slammed the meeting as "disrespectful," also given Wong was hosted in German parliament as part of the meeting arranged by Bild newspaper to showcase "human rights activists around the world".
"It is extremely wrong for German media and politicians to attempt to tap into the anti-China separatist wave," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in response to Wong's high profile meeting. "It is disrespectful of China's sovereignty and an interference in China's internal affairs."
"There are certain German media and politicians who seek attention and stage political shows by taking advantage of anti-Chinese separatists," China's foreign ministry continued. The ministry also noted Chancellor Angela Merkel had long been on record as supporting Hong Kong's 'one country, two systems' status.