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UK ex-foreign ministers call for G7 Hong Kong monitor group

UK ex-foreign ministers call for G7 Hong Kong monitor group

1/6/2020 7:46:00 AM

UK ex-foreign ministers call for G7 Hong Kong monitor group

Seven former British foreign ministers Monday called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to push G7 allies to set up an international monitoring group ...

WorldChina has caused alarm among Western powers with plans to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong AFP/ISAAC LAWRENCE01 Jun 2020 12:09PMShare this contentBookmarkLONDON: Seven former British foreign ministers on Monday (Jun 1) called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to push G7 allies to set up an international monitoring group for Hong Kong in response to Beijing's tightening control over the restless city.

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China has sparked alarm among Western powers with plans to impose a sweeping national security law on the semi-autonomous financial hub.AdvertisementREAD: China says will counter any US actions over Hong Kong BillBeijing says the law is needed to combat"terrorism" and"separatism" after the city was upended last year by seven months of huge and often violent protests.

Opponents fear the law - which is bypassing Hong Kong's legislature - will be used to stifle dissent, like on the authoritarian mainland, and will deal a fatal blow to the autonomy the former colony was promised ahead of its 1997 handover.The UK, US, Australia and Canada have issued a joint statement criticising Beijing's plan, while London has announced plans to extend visa rights to Hong Kongers eligible for British National (Overseas) passports.

AdvertisementAdvertisementBut former foreign secretaries from both sides of Britain's political divide have called on Johnson to take a more proactive role."The UK must be seen to be leading and coordinating the international response to this crisis," the group said in a letter made public on Monday.

The letter was signed by Malcolm Rifkind, Margaret Beckett, William Hague, Jeremy Hunt, David Miliband, David Owen and Jack Straw.They called on Johnson to reach out to G7 allies"to formally institute an International Contact Group in consultation with international partners, to monitor the situation in Hong Kong and coordinate joint action".

READ: Hong Kong government warns removing US special status is 'double-edged sword'The working group could be modelled on a similar organisation set up by the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Russia to respond to the Balkans crisis in the early 1990s, they suggested.

Beijing has lashed out at any foreign criticism of its handling of Hong Kong, arguing the city's future is entirely an internal affair.However, in Monday's letter, the former foreign ministers argued that Beijing is in"flagrant breach" of the 1984 agreement where Beijing guaranteed Hong Kong would keep its freedoms and autonomy for 50 years after the handover.

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The G7 were planning to meet next month. But on Saturday, US President Donald Trump said he was delaying the scheduled summit.There is no consensus among the G7 powers over how to respond to Beijing.Trump has said he will strip Hong Kong of certain trade privileges and bar some Chinese students from US universities in response to Beijing's security law plans.

However the European Union has been more cautious, calling for dialogue with China while expressing"grave concern" about the proposed law. Read more: CNA »

Don't double standard me says Carrie If2systems of capitalist HongKong cannot be tolerated by CCP & want to communize HK into1system. The next step for CCP is continue to communize other capitalist countries. It's time for Free World to Take action at UN for CCP breaches of the《Sino-British Joint Declaration》.

The policy of 'Unchanged for 50 years' is contain in corresponding provisions of Article 3 & Annex I of 'Sino-British Joint Declaration' & Article 5 of 'Basic Law (a mini-constitution)of HKSAR'. Obviously; China is violating the agreement. No need to monitor anymore. Pls.... Thank you so much for carrying about HongKong ! Truth cannot suppress by anyone! savehongkong

When Chinazi dare betray HongKong by destroying its promise and trample HumanRights It could happen on you as well Just look at how China bully Australia It's time for us to be united to against tyranny StandWithHongKong The 'Sino-British Joint Statement' is an internationally valid document submitted to the UN Secretariat in 1985. China implemented the NationalSecurityLaw in HK, undermining 'one country, two systems' and 'a high degree of autonomy',

A UN-documented international treaty means nothing to the CCP. How can the world trust the CCPChina when it signs any document in future? CCP_is_terrorist CCPLiedPeopleDied ChinaMustPay The Joint Declaration is a UN-filed treaty that is internationally recognized. CCP is now blatantly violating the treaty to oppress Hong Kong’s freedom & autonomy. This is indeed a very serious matter & the world should assess how credible CCP is StandWithHongKong

Hong Kong is at the frontline of fighting again CCPChina . This is about world security! Dear World, don't trust China! Please consider imposing sanctions on CCP and HK officers! the ccp showed the world that they won't stick to their promises and they would do anything to shut opposing voices down Hong Kong's today is the world's tomorrow, SanctionChina now

Thank you for StandWithHongKong esp as UK is still fighting against the Wuhanvirus HK people hope🇬🇧can overcome the pandemic soon 🇬🇧PM pls take the lead back -pursue every avenue available against CCP incl SanctionCCP, HKGov & HKPoliceTerrorist -afford equal rights to BNO Hong Kong is one of the victims under the totalitarianism of the CCP. However, it will only get stronger if the world doesn't take action right now. CCP_is_terrorist SanctionChina

Thank you for StandWithHongKong and democracy. All Hong Kong and Chinese people understand the communism 's evil. China today's anger Thank you for stand with Hong Kong.🙏🏻💓 I believe it’s necessary. Evil law NationalSecurityLaw will soon be implemented, pro-democracy activists will be arrested unreasonably and easily. Besides monitoring, members of G7 shall SanctionChina for destroying 1country2systems!

Democracy in HK join the q. The IT issue is george now. The so called democratic patron of the free world is struggling wif its own issues. H A H A H A H A To resist the pressure from China, the free world have to work as one in solidarity Please help HongKong and punish CCP tyranny. StandWithHongKong

China is eroding the freedom of Hong Konger. And then the free world will be the next victim. Better stop at the time when the world are still able to stop the devil CCP is trying to suppress Hongkongers by taking away their core value, freedom. And they just want to control the people with fear. However, we shall never surrender! SayNoToChina BoycottChina NationalSecurityLaw StandWithHK OneCountryOneSystem

shiroihamusan If UK does not voice out for Hong Kong then China would really look you down. When the world did not check the human rights crackdown including against the people of Hong Kong over the past decade , now we're facing a rising tyranny that we can no longer appease . A series of stronger sanctions should be imposed on CCP by the international coalition .

The breaking of joint declaration is not only a local issue affecting Hong Kong, but a threat to the whole world Hong Kong is the at the frontline of the democracies world in against the totalitarian. It is good to hear that the world is caring about HongKong. CCP keeps eroding 🇭🇰 autonomous with violation of the Joint Declaration. Please the internationla world help 🇭🇰ers to make 🇭🇰democratic.

International alliance is vital in defense of tyranny, which EU members are be the best ones to testify Protect Hong Kong Value, and so we can protect the whole world value. Hong Kong people are fighting for something that the world believes too. That’s democracy. Don’t let the liar and killer CCPChina rule the world. FreeHongKong

When the HongKong government 'promise' there are no change of the NationalSecurityLaw imposition; the June-Forth assembly was being rejected this afternoon. UK is in no position to comment on democracy of HK. For the 100 years HK was under UK charge, there was zero democracy. Did UK let HK have any election in the 100 years ?

Hong Kong is another example that shows how Communist China jeopardizes global human rights, democracy & freedom, & breaches int’l treaty. As the signatory of Joint Declaration, hope the UK govnt could take concrete actions to StandWithHongKong. WormHerBB_only 😂🤣😂🤣 Nobody got time for that😂🤣 Other countries all over the world should sanction in order to give pressure to ccp. It is important to stop ccp’s tyranny in controlling economic and political freedom in different regions. Today hk is the target, other countries will become the next target as well.

Haha....take care of your own backyard... HongKong today, the world tomorrow. Stronger actions are needed to let China knows if they want to join the game, they have to follows the rules. StandWithHongKong Hong Kong is a global financial hub with its political status shaped by the international declaration. If Hong Kong is being captured by CCP, it can't serve this role.

The world should make actual sanctions and punishments to stop CCP from spreading evil authoritarianism to Hong Kong by the NationalSecurityLaw. The fall of HK will indicate the easier suppression to the world by China. StandWithHongKong Chinazi CCP_is_terrorist Can UK ex-foreign ministers call G7, monitor groups for USA time and time again, Murderers African Americans by Police?

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