Germany denies VW China investment guarantees over human rights concerns – Der Spiegel

FILE PHOTO: A Volkswagen logo is seen as it launches its ID.6 and ID.6 CROZZ SUV at a world premiere ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show, in Shanghai, China April 18, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song

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BERLIN, May 27 (Reuters) – Germany’s Economy Ministry is refusing to provide carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) with guarantees to cover new investments in China because of concerns over human rights, Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

The magazine quoted a ministry spokesperson as saying that it had “for human rights reasons” rejected four applications from a company.

The magazine added, without giving sources, that Volkswagen was the company in question.

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A Volkswagen spokesperson confirmed that the company has submitted applications for investment guarantees, adding it had not yet received an official decision from the ministry.

Germany’s Economy Ministry was not immediately available for comment.

Volkswagen has a plant in China’s Xinjiang region, where western countries and rights organisations say ethnic Uyghurs face systematic repression. China denies the allegation.

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Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Victoria Waldersee; Editing by Christoph Steitz

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