Australia joins joint declaration rebuking China over Hong Kong

China moved to impose restrictive national security laws on Hong Kong this week, sparking a fierce backlash from pro-democracy groups in the territory.

23/05/2020 4:20:00 AM

Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement underlining the importance of law guaranteeing civil liberties for Hong Kong's residents in response to China's moves to impose its own national security laws on the territory

China moved to impose restrictive national security laws on Hong Kong this week, sparking a fierce backlash from pro-democracy groups in the territory.

Very large text sizeAustralia, Canada and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement underlining the importance of laws guaranteeing civil liberties for Hong Kong's residents in response to China's moves to impose its own national security laws on the territory.

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The pending laws, which follow long-running pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the Central People's Government in Beijing and "prevent, stop and punish" activities that endanger national security.

Hong Kong police face off against protesters in a shopping centre in April this year.Credit:GettyAustralian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne said they were deeply concerned at China's proposals which they said would "clearly undermine" Hong Kong's autonomy.

They pointed to the legally binding joint declaration signed between China and the United Kingdom when the former colonial power handed over the territory in 1997, which gives Hong Kong a "high degree of autonomy".AdvertisementLoading"It also provides that rights and freedoms, including those of the person, of the press, of assembly, of association and others, will be ensured by law in Hong Kong, and that the provisions of the two United Nations covenants on human rights ... shall remain in force," the statement said

"Making such a law on Hong Kong’s behalf, without the direct participation of its people, legislature or judiciary, would clearly undermine the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, under which Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy."

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WESTERN COUNTRIES ALWAYS ATTACKING CHINA. NOTHING CHANGES? IT IS INTERESTING HOW THE AUSTRALIAN MEDIA DOES NOT SHOW AUSTRALIANS THE BRUTALITY OF THESE PROTETERS. WHAT IF CHINA SUPPORTED AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TO PROTEST WITH THIS KIND OF BRUTALITY IN SO THEY COULD GET AUTONOMY IN THIER OWN LAND IN THE SAME TWO SYSTEMS ONE COUNTRY AUTONOMY HONG KONG PEOPLE ALREADY HAVE IN AN EX BRITISH OPIUM WAR INVADED CHINA TERRITORY?

HONG KONG HAS EVERY RIGHT TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS FROM THESE VIOLENT PROTESTER'S BRUTALITY. I am not too sure how effective these kind of statements are if the countries are not imposing sanctions against Chinese and HKSAR governments. Lip service is easy to be done. cdnpoli StandWithHongKong antielab nationalsecuritylaw

Genuine question: In 1997, China regained sovereignty over HK. In 2047, the agreed ‘One Country, Two Systems' expires and HK’s fate is decided by the CCP. So isn’t this an issue of time—and China not wanting to see HK become a US-backed Taiwan, an attack on its sovereignty? Loved HK under British rule. Gone downhill since 97.

Our government is still standing on the opposite sides of China! They really believe that we can export barley to US? AU 'deeply concerned' doesn't cut it. China's new HK Security Law is the stake through the relevance of the WW2 great powers global institutional achievement, the UN. The prelude is Israel's pending west bank annexation. auspol ausdef MasterChefAU 10NewsFirst politicsabc

In the past 12 months. No matter what these rioters( Trump also called them rioters)want, they actually destroyed pubilc transportation, set fire on normal shops, killed and hurt normal HK citizens. If these happened in Australia they already in jails no doubts. To sum up, US unleashed its lapdogs. Let this be a lesson to the world that China can’t keep their word on treaties either. It has never been so evident that the world, and its businesses, can’t trust a genocidal regime that lies, steals,Threatens, coerces, bullies, infiltrates,…

And after? They will go in Hong kong to organize a military defense against China? Or they will just condemn the Chinese CCP party in the Western Media? Why would you piss off your no.1 customer? We are talking about saving jobs and there we are spitting weekly on our biggest customer. If you truly stand for freedom or whatever bs then don't sell to China. Can't have it both ways.

us lapdog 🤣 All 3 nations committed genocide on their Indigenous people. Who cares what they say about the law? While we in the UK are subject to mass house arrest!!! Emperor1G

China's Hong Kong plans for new security laws sparks fury | Sky News AustraliaPro-democracy activists say they fear the end of Hong Kong after China announced plans for new security laws.\n\nThe Hong Kong government insists the legislation will not affect the freedoms of its people as activists launch a second wave of protests. \n\nImage: Getty Australian Labor MP praises the Chines ‘’leadership‘’ The end of Hong Kong was July 1, 1997, when Britain left. Goebbels News Corp garbage. US UK paid interference against extradition to China has nothing to do with pro democracy... This is the same CIA terrorist activities they used in the Ukraine..

Australia 'deeply concerned' over Hong Kong security lawsAustralia, the UK and Canada say China's proposed security laws for Hong Kong would undermine the legally binding 'One Country, Two Systems' principle. Important issue. Hong Kong ethnic Chinese deserve our support as do all ethnic Chinese around the world being hunted by the CCP. Here we go again. Our favorite trading partner.

Australia ‘deeply concerned’ over Hong Kong security lawAustralia has joined the UK and Canada in expressing “deep concern” over China’s proposed Hong Kong security laws, which they say will undermine the city’s autonomy. Action speaks louder. Let's decouple with china Spot on. little Australia is inevitably running into a recession . Keeping playing political cards against its largest trading partner, little Australia eventually will turn into a middle income country like today's Argentina. white kids in average famillies will enjoy great unemployment

This is the end of Hong Kong': China pushes security law after unrestPro-democracy activists say they fear 'the end of Hong Kong', as China's proposed new security law could spell the end of the 'One Country, Two Systems' policy. 2019 Protest in HK made CCP rlose confidence in one country, two systems. Now they decide to go head with one system now. The National Security legislation definitely means the complete end of 1 country 2 system that claimed to support HongKong's autonomy over the past 22 years. The introduction of national security law brings an end to Hong Kong where ppl are supposedly allowed to enjoy freedoms under Basic Law.

China plans to tighten laws for Hong KongIn what may be a response to the protests of the last year China plans an overhaul of Hong Kong's laws that will clamp down on protesters, foreign interference and other anti-government activity. Whatever. I'm done with apologists for China. Same with apologists-lite for them, also. FreeHongKong China owns it about as much as they do Japan or South Korea. Any attempt to control it like the rest of their country is nothing but potential genocide. because lets face it... CCP don't care for human lives. My heart goes out to Hong Kong.

China to impose sweeping national security law in Hong KongChina is set to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, provoking fears of further protests as China recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. There're too many innocent hongkonger have lost a massive of their wealth which accumalted through several generations as the endless chaos! But, weather or not new law should be imposed on hongkong is totally up to hongkonger. Hopefully Beijing won't play a too important role. Gonna have another year lost for HK then. Protest, virus and now protest again. No Matter who’s wrong who’s right, HK is losing its economic status and will definitely becomes a normal city enjoying less privilege