The EU deplored a decision by China's parliament to pass a national security law for Hong Kong , saying the legislation undermines the autonomy of the city
China's passage of a national security law for Hong Kong drew international condemnation on Tuesday, with the United States and its Asian and Western allies criticising a move that heralds a more authoritarian era for the former British colony.
BRUSSELS/TOKYO (Reuters) - China’s passage of a national security law for Hong Kong drew international condemnation on Tuesday, with the United States and its Asian and Western allies criticising a move that heralds a more authoritarian era for the former British colony.
The law punishes crimes of secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison in Hong Kong, which was guaranteed freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland under a “one country, two systems” formula at its 1997 handover.“As Beijing now treats Hong Kong as ‘One Country, One System,’ so must the United States,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said in a statement. “We urge Beijing to immediately reverse course.”
“The United States will continue to take strong actions against those who smothered Hong Kong’s freedom and autonomy.”U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for sanctions and other steps against China, saying the “brutal” law would “frighten, intimidate and suppress” those peacefully seeking freedom.
China says the law is necessary to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces following anti-government protests that escalated in June last year and plunged the city into its biggest crisis in decades.But British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called the legislation a “grave step”, saying China had chosen to break its promises to the people of Hong Kong. Britain will not turn its back on its commitments to Hong Kong, he tweeted.
Britain and some two dozen Western countries urged China to reconsider the law, saying Beijing must preserve the right to assembly and free press in the former British colony.“We wish to raise our deep concerns at the imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong which undermines ‘One Country, Two Systems’, and has clear implications for human rights,” Julian Braithwaite, Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Braithwaite spoke on behalf of 27 countries, many of them European Union members, as well as Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland.Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the law will not affect Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms, nor investor interests.
Despite such the assurances, the European Union has warned of serious consequences over the law, which democracy activists, diplomats and some businesses say will jeopardise Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status and its role as a global financial hub.The EU underlined those concerns on Tuesday.
“We deplore the decision,” EU Council President Charles Michel told a news conference.“This law risks seriously undermining the high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong and having a detrimental effect on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law.”
Last week, the European Parliament urged the bloc to take China to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, the United Nations’ highest legal body, if it went ahead.In Tokyo, top government officials called the legislation “regrettable”, saying it undermined credibility in the “one country, two systems” formula.
‘DEEP CONCERN’Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters he shared the “deep concern” of the international community and the people of Hong Kong over the measure.Taiwan’s cabinet said the new law would “severely impact” freedom, democracy and human rights and Taiwan would continue to offer help to people in Hong Kong.
Last year’s protests drew wide sympathy in democratic and Chinese-claimed Taiwan, which has welcomed people from Hong Kong who have moved to the island and expects more.Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said she was “very disappointed” by China’s move, adding that it showed the “one country, two systems” formula, which Beijing has mooted as a basis for unification with the mainland, “was not feasible”.
FILE PHOTO: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga arrives at the ceremony site where Emperor Naruhito will report the conduct of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Sanctuary inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji
Defending the law, Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, urged the international community to respect China’s right to safeguard security.In a video message to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Lam said the city of 7.5 million had been “traumatized by escalating violence fanned by external forces”.
“No central government could turn a blind eye to such threats to sovereignty and national security, as well as risks of subversion of state power,” she said.Reporting by Robin Emmott in Brussels; Guy Faulconbridge in London; Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Chang-Ran Kim and Ju-min Park in Tokyo and Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Writing by Clarence Fernandez; Editing by Robert Birsel, William MacleanRead more: Reuters Top News »
HongKong is the new Berlin by China, will we persist to break down Berlin Wall even it takes years of effort? Or r we gonna give up & say hi to ¥? I think it’s better to continue StandWithHongKong & hold China accountable - or we r emboldening CCP to go beyond HK deplore all you want ... nothing except full global sanctions will stop china from reaching its agenda ... and the world is t prepared to do that so STFU - end story
China's topheavy. It'll collapse under it own greed need for resources to sustain itself. China holds the high hand, they are not going to back down. Hong Kong is being run and controled by PCC. They have the military backings on serveral fronts. The EU can only make noice.. Ohhhj so brave! They “deplore”! Fricken’ wussies.
So? Sanction or RMB? The train has left the station and it's too late. Just treat Hong Kong like any other Chinese city and be done with it. While, what can EU do, excpet for press release. Dear little western anti-China propaganda. Unconditionally calling the HK terrorist anarchist rioter thug thief arsonist vandals 'peaceful protesters', and the restrained professional HK police 'brutal'. The anarchists have already caused a recession for 6+ months too.
Have fun EU when the chinese come around to absorb you. first like wohooo
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China reportedly passes national security law for Hong KongThe top decision-making body in China's parliament has reportedly passed the contentious national security law for Hong Kong , according to local media. But still no details of the NationalSecurityLaw .... how com we Hong Kong ppl will support a law that we have 0 understanding?! We are not brainless Chinese. We are Hong Kongers who fight against tyranny for freedom and democracy That is, exactly why people protested in the first place. How is that legal. UN, are corrupt. China is, also involved in the Ethiopia dam project which is another high risk area of tension. East South China Sea tensions. Military drills, with Russia and Iran? Uighar people were locked up and women are apparently also being sterilised according to reports. Serious human rights violations. China should follow the rules like everyone else. Human rights violations cannot be tolerated.
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China Passes Security Law With Sweeping Powers Over Hong KongLawmakers in Beijing voted in a process that has been criticized for its secrecy and haste. The law will extend the Communist Party’s reach into Hong Kong . badiucao Hong Kong is no longer a safe place under the evil security law. Foreigners should not visit / transit via HK or they can be kidnapped and sent to Mainland China. surely the NBA will band together and use all their influence for the good democratic people of Hong Kong. the wont let freedom die in the world for a few bucks. Its not just bad, it means the completely destruction of a free city, the fear now can rule the hk and ppl live in fear
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