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German parliament panel cancels China trip over lawmaker travel ban

Beijing picks fight with what could become Germany's next ruling party

German Green Party member Margarete Bause, right, meets dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at the airport in Munich, Germany, in this July 2015 photo.    © Reuters

HAMBURG, Germany -- The digital committee of Germany's parliament has effectively called off a planned trip to China over Beijing's insistence that a Green party lawmaker be removed from the participants list because of her strong stance on the Asian power's human rights record.

Margarete Bause, the Alliance 90/The Greens' caucus speaker for human rights policy, in a recent interview with the Nikkei Asian Review said she supported the crafting of regulations banning any company "be it Chinese or German" involved in human rights abuses from public procurement deals in Germany.

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