China yesterday urged the German Government to prevent its citizens from staging 'anti-China' activities in Germany that might harm the development of Sino-German relations. 'We hope the German Government will take effective measures to prevent those people unfriendly to China from organising anti-China activities or activities designed to interfere in the internal affairs of China,' Foreign Ministry spokesman Shen Guofang said in Beijing. Sino-German relations have taken a downturn in recent weeks with the cancellation of a Sino-German cultural festival in Munich and a critical speech in Geneva by Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel calling for the release of dissident Wei Jingsheng . Mr Shen said Sino-German relations had seen 'great development' in the past few years and that China hoped for steady improvement in the future and noted it was a clear-cut policy of the German Government to maintain and develop good relations with China. But, he said: 'It is true some people in Germany always tend to interfere in the internal affairs of China by drafting resolutions or holding seminars.' Mr Shen was referring to the planned debate in the German parliament on Tibet, and the human rights forum planned for the Munich festival which would have included labour activist Han Dongfang , exiled dissident Harry Wu Hongda and the sister of Wei Jingsheng. European diplomats responded angrily to Mr Shen's comments. 'It seems to me that it is Mr Shen who is interfering in Germany's internal affairs,' one diplomat said.