The Maas-Wong meeting seems to have happened at a fest thrown at the Bundestag's public roof terrace restaurant by the "Bild" tabloid, which interviewed Wong. Seems other ministers had left before the latter arrived, but Maas waited to meet him. Obviously he got backed up by the rest of the government against the Chinese criticism though. Aforementioned FDP head Christian Lindner used this week's general budget debate in parliament to criticize Angela Merkel for not being critical enough during her recent China visit; she reiterated that she spoke out for human rights and the "one country, two systems" principle.
As a rare exception among German media commentary on the situation, I've seen rather strange opinion pieces by "Spiegel's" Paris correspondent Gregor Blume who has said that the West shouldn't encourage Hong Kong protesters and give them too much hope, since it would result in an inevitable crackdown just as he witnessed back on Tianmen Square. Fair enough; the strange part is in coming up with all sorts of weird arguments why Western-China relations are important, including to address climate change.
This in the kind of media which have never been shy to accuse German governments of treating China with kids gloves on human right out of economic interest; it looks awkward to the point of where you wonder how the Chinese made him do it. There is appropriate criticism in the comments sections under the pieces, but of course also applause by the typical authoritarianism groupies who say that The West Shouldn't Meddle in Other Country's Affairs like with Maidan in Ukraine. Not sure if that's just the usual Putinbots latching onto an oblique opportunity, or China has its own German-language trolls these days. Quite likely both.
Meanwhile back in Hong Kong itself:
Hong Kongers Sing ‘God Save the Queen’, Ask Brits to Protect Them from Communist Regime
(AFP) — Pro-democracy protesters rallied outside Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding London do more to protect its former colonial subjects and ramp up pressure on Beijing over sliding freedoms.
Hundreds of demonstrators sang “God Save the Queen” and “Rule Britannia” outside the consulate, waving the Union Jack as well as Hong Kong’s colonial-era flags.
The protest came as another large rally made its way through the city streets on Sunday afternoon in defiance of a ban by police, who warned the gathering was illegal.
Many of the protest signs accused Britain of not doing enough to confront Beijing over its tightening grip on the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
“Sino-British Joint Declaration is VOID,” one read, referencing the 1984 agreement that paved the way for the city’s handover, a deal that Hong Kongers were given no say over.
“So far I’m quite disappointed by the fact that the UK hasn’t done anything to support us,” protester Alex Leung, a recent graduate, told AFP.
Many called for Hong Kongers who want to leave the city to be granted citizenship in Britain or other Commonwealth nations.
Some Hong Kongers were given British National Overseas (BNO) passports before the handover, a document that allows holders easy travel to the UK but grants no working or residency rights.
“At least with the full citizenship they can protect Hong Kong people from the Chinese government,” protester Anthony Chau, who holds a BNO passport, told AFP.
Earlier this week some 130 UK lawmakers signed a joint letter calling for Britain and Commonwealth countries to come up with an “insurance policy” for Hong Kongers to resettle overseas should they wish to.
Britain treads carefully
Hong Kong has been battered by nearly 100 days of protests, sparked by a now-abandoned plan to allow extraditions to the mainland.
China has portrayed the protests as foreign-funded, singling out Britain and the United States for criticism, although it has presented little evidence beyond supportive statements from some foreign politicians.
It has insisted Hong Kong — an international finance hub with a significant foreign population — is an entirely internal matter.
Britain has walked a careful path on the protests, keen to keep Beijing onside as a valuable trade partner, especially given the uncertainty thrown up by its imminent departure from the European Union.
But it has also expressed concerns about the direction Hong Kong has headed and says it has a duty to ensure Beijing upholds the deal it struck before the handover.
“The Joint Declaration is a legally binding treaty between the UK and China that remains as valid today as it was when it was signed and ratified over 30 years ago,” a British Foreign Office spokeswoman said in June.
Sunday’s protest outside the UK mission was significantly smaller than a huge march the week before to the United States consulate which saw tens of thousands turn out.
The pro-democracy movement has vowed to continue until key demands are met, including an inquiry into the police, an amnesty for those arrested and universal suffrage.
There are plans for further protests in the coming weeks, culminating on 1 October when leaders in Beijing are planning huge celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
Hong Kong protests: Petrol bombs and water cannon used in clashes2 hours ago
Police in Hong Kong have used water cannon and tear gas against protesters throwing petrol bombs and bricks near government offices in the city.
The violence broke out after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched in defiance of a police ban.
Earlier hundreds rallied outside the British Consulate, demanding the UK press China to maintain freedoms guaranteed during the 1997 handover.
Months of unrest were sparked by a now-scrapped extradition bill.
It would have made it possible for people in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China, where critics say they could face human rights abuses.
Earlier this month the bill was finally withdrawn - but protesters continue to call for full democracy and an investigation into allegations of police brutality.
What is happening in the clashes?
Reports say some protesters threw bricks at police outside China's People's Liberation Army base, which is near to the Hong Kong parliament and government offices.
They also set fire to a banner proclaiming the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Reuters news agency reported.
For the second week running, some marchers carried the US Stars and Stripes flag and called for President Donald Trump to "liberate" Hong Kong.