Germany, China restart judicial dialog after 6-month gap

22nd April 2008, Comments 0 comments

The decision to restart the contacts came despite concerns in Germany on China's human rights record, which has come under the spotlight ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

Berlin -- Germany and China are to restart a dialogue on judicial issues that came to a halt after Chancellor Angela Merkel met the Dalai Lama last year, the German Justice Ministry announced Monday.

The decision to restart the contacts came despite concerns in Germany on China's human rights record, which has come under the spotlight ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

The dialogue, which began in 2001 under the chancellorship of Gerhard Schroeder, had "borne fruit" in modernizing the Chinese legal system and establishing the principles of the rule of law, Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries said.

Zypries was speaking during contacts in Munich between officials in her ministry and a delegation led by her Chinese counterpart, Cao Kangtai.

After concentrating on criminal, administrative and business law in the past, the new two-year programme would focus on protection of the person and the law on personal liability, Zypries said.

China broke off the high-level dialogue after Merkel met the Tibetan leader in the Berlin chancellery in September last year. German-Chinese relations suffered a chill that lasted into January.

DPA

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