China says the US has “no right” to interfere in the Hamburg port deal

China says the US has “no right” to interfere in the Hamburg port deal

China says the US has “no right” to interfere in the Hamburg port deal

BEIJING, Reuters – The United States has “no right” to interfere in China’s cooperation with Germany, China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, after Washington warned Beijing against taking a controlling stake in a Hamburg port terminal.

The US intervention is a symptom of its practice of coercive diplomacy, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing in Beijing.

“Pragmatic cooperation between China and Germany is a matter for the two sovereign countries, the United States should not attack it without reason and has no right to intervene and interfere,” Zhao said Thursday, a day before German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in Beijing. On a one-day visit, where he will meet President Xi Jinping.

Chinese shipping giant Cosco last year bid to take a 35% stake in logistics company HHLA. (HHFGn.DE) three terminals at Germany’s biggest port, but Germany’s coalition was divided over the deal.

Last week, Germany’s cabinet approved the investment of a 24.9% stake in Cosco, which an economy ministry source described as an “emergency solution” to approve the deal but soften the impact.

The confirmed investment does not give Cosco any say in management or strategic decisions.

Reporting by Eduardo Baptista Writing by Martin Quinn Pollard; Editing by Raisa Kasolowski and Kim Coghill

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