Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has come under fire for a congratulatory letter to China’s President Xi Jinping. Steinmeier personally wished Xi “happiness and good health” on the occasion of the anniversary of German-Chinese relations last week. In the letter, the German president stressed the importance of “inalienable human rights” and that he wants to “work for the dignity and rights of every human being.” However, the fact that human rights violations in China had not been directly addressed now earned Steinmeier criticism from several political groups. In an interview with the German tabloid Bild, FDP liberal foreign policy expert Frank Mueller-Rosentritt called the congratulatory letter “a slap in the face for all friends of freedom, including those in China.”
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