Federal government confirms Chinese attempts to influence ministerial officials
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China wants to rewrite its Corona history and has secretly contacted German officials. The Chinese embassy snubbedly rejected a report. Now the German government is also confirming Chinese contact attempts – and criticizing Beijing.
DIn response to a request from the Bundestag, the Federal Ministry of the Interior stated that it had knowledge of Chinese diplomats contacting German officials. With this, the government is confirming a report by WELT AM SONNTAG, according to which China had turned to the officials in order to use their help to spread their own propaganda about the origin of the corona pandemic.
The chinese embassy in Berlin the report had denied publicly and had spoken of “untrue”, even “irresponsible” allegations. In its response to Margarete Bause (The Greens), the Federal Government now clearly contradicts these Chinese claims.
The contact attempts from China were therefore “with the purpose of generating positive public statements about the coronavirus management of the People’s Republic of China”. For this purpose, officials and employees in federal ministries were contacted, among other things, what the Foreign Office called on the plan.
The federal government declares that it has failed to respond to calls for an emphatically positive view of China’s role. “From the Federal Government’s perspective, transparency plays a central role in successfully combating the pandemic,” it was said that this had been “made clear” to the People’s Republic.
No basic criticism – Greens annoyed
However, the German government has decided to forego fundamental criticism of the People’s Republic and praised China’s efforts to contain the virus. They are “in close contact with Beijing in the context of the comprehensive strategic partnership between Germany and the People’s Republic of China on numerous topics”. This includes regular exchanges with Chinese diplomats.
This attitude is causing displeasure in the Bundestag, and attempts to influence China have already been discussed in the committee for humanitarian aid.
The spokeswoman for human rights of the Green Group, Margarete Bause, said WELT AM SONNTAG: “The response from the Interior Ministry once again shows the Federal Government’s silence on China. The European External Action Service explicitly lists China among the countries that stand for corona for disinformation campaigns and conspiracy theories. “The Federal Government is not even prepared to take a clear stand against attempts to influence Beijing.
The Greens call for the establishment of an independent international commission to investigate the development of the virus and cover-up measures in China. Upon request, the Federal Foreign Office merely stated that it was “in close contact at all levels” with China, including on the lung disease Covid19.
According to information from WELT AM SONNTAG, the Chinese ambassador to Germany has so far not been summoned to try the propaganda. “Chinese officials are pursuing an intensified information and propaganda policy with regard to Corona,” the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution had recently announced on request.
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