The Latest: Hong Kong activists appeal for German support

High school students wearing masks, deliver leaflets to support the school boycott, in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday she has never tendered her resignation to China over the anti-government protests that have roiled the city for three months. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong activists are appealing to Angela Merkel for support ahead of the German chancellor's trip to China this week

HONG KONG — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):

9 p.m.

Hong Kong activists are appealing to Angela Merkel for support ahead of the German chancellor's trip to China this week.

Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday that the government had "taken note" of an open letter sent by prominent pro-democracy youth activist Joshua Wong, extracts of which were published by the daily Bild.

But the spokesman, Steffen Seibert, refused to be drawn on whether Merkel would push the issue during her three-day trip, which starts Thursday.

Seibert noted that Merkel had previously called for dialogue and a peaceful solution on the basis of Hong Kong laws.

Economy Ministry spokeswoman Beate Baron said "rule of law is an important basis for (Germany's) trade relations. That's true for all countries and of course also for China."

China is one of Germany's biggest trading partners.

___

5:50 p.m.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that has sparked months of demonstrations in the city, bowing to one of the protesters' demands.

The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. It sparked massive protests that have become increasingly violent and caused the airport to shut down earlier this month.

But Lam said in a pre-recorded television message on Wednesday that the government would not accept other demands, including an independent inquiry into alleged police misconduct against protesters. However, she named two new members to a police watchdog agency investigating the matter.

Protesters have also called for the release of those detained without charges, but Lam said this was unacceptable.

A lawmaker said the withdrawal of the bill was too little, too late.

___

5:30 p.m.

Hong Kong's government met Wednesday afternoon amid speculation that leader Carrie Lam will formally withdraw an extradition bill as protesters have demanded.

Local broadcaster TVB said television stations had been told to be on standby to air a pre-recorded announcement by Lam at 6 p.m. (1000 GMT).

The bill allowing Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials sparked massive protests that have rocked the city since June. Lam has suspended the bill, but protesters want it entirely withdrawn. They also want democratic reforms to Hong Kong's government and an independent inquiry into police actions against protesters.

Related News

China ratifies Paris climate deal ahead of G-20 summit

Sep 3, 2016

China announced on Saturday that it would formally enter the emissions-cutting agreement reached...

Hailing cooperation, US and China join global climate deal

Sep 3, 2016

President Barack Obama and China's President Xi Jinping on Saturday sealed their nations'...

US, Russia close on Syria deal, but Obama says not there yet

Sep 4, 2016

President Barack Obama says the United States and Russia are working "around the clock" to try to...

Bumpy beginning for Obama in China, starting on the tarmac

Sep 4, 2016

If President Barack Obama was hoping for a graceful start to his final trip to Asia as commander in...

Hong Kong election highlights rising anti-China mood

Sep 4, 2016

Polls opened in Hong Kong Sunday for the specially administered Chinese city's most crucial...

Britain's May seeks out new trading relations post-Brexit

Sep 4, 2016

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she intends to seize new trading opportunities for a...

Oriental News Today delivers breaking news and deep engaging content in Asia. It’s the only source you need for the latest Asia news.

Contact us: sales[at]orientalnewstoday.com