Britain has sought formation of a global alliance to work alongside the US, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Canada and problem China’s controversial nationwide security legislation for Hong Kong.
Expressing deep considerations over this proposed new security laws, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned, “This proposed national security law undermines the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework that I have described, under which Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy with executive, legislative and independent judicial powers.”
“It would be a different matter if Hong Kong were to pass its own security law and thus urged China to abide by its international obligations,” he mentioned.
“As per the Hong Kong Basic Law, there are only a limited number of areas in which Beijing can impose laws directly, such as for the purposes of defence and foreign affairs, or in exceptional circumstances in which the National People’s Congress declares a state of war or a state of emergency,” Raab added.
Foreign Secretary Raab introduced prolonged a visa-free entry to British nationwide (Overseas) passports holders for 12 months and supply a “pathway to citizenship” for Hong Kong residents if China doesn’t respect its “international obligation”.
He mentioned, “If not, the UK will not just look the other way when it comes to the people of Hong Kong. We will stand by them, we will live up to our responsibilities.”
At the beginning of the week, seven former UK international secretaries in a letter to the PM sought a global alliance for a coordinated response to the China-Hong Kong disaster.
Macau and Hong Kong are the one two cities that take pleasure in partial autonomy from the Chinese authorities.
Earlier, the UK PM’s workplace in a press release, mentioned, “The UK Chargé d’affaires to the UN also raised the issue at the Security Council on Friday.”