US, UK, Australia, Canada oppose Beijing’s Hong Kong security law; China warns of tough action

Hong Kong security law

Beijing: The United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada on Friday (May 29) gave a joint assertion in response to China’s proposed new security regulation for Hong Kong. The nations mentioned that imposing a brand new security regulation on Hong Kong would threaten freedom and breach a 1984 Sino-British settlement on the autonomy of the previous colony.

The joint assertion from UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne, and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo issued a deep concern concerning Beijing’s determination to impose a nationwide security regulation in Hong Kong.

“Signatories to this statement reiterate our deep concern regarding Beijing’s decision to impose a national security law in Hong Kong,” the UK, US, Australia and Canada mentioned. 

“Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom. The worldwide group has a major and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. Direct imposition of nationwide security laws on Hong Kong by the Beijing authorities, somewhat than by Hong Kong’s personal establishments as supplied for underneath Article 23 of the Basic Law, would curtail the
Hong Kong folks’s liberties, and in doing so, dramatically erode Hong Kong’s autonomy and the system that made it so affluent.

China’s determination to impose the brand new nationwide security regulation on Hong Kong lies in direct battle with its worldwide obligations underneath the rules of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration. The proposed regulation would undermine the One Country, Two Systems framework. It additionally raises the prospect of prosecution in Hong Kong for political crimes, and undermines current commitments to guard the rights of Hong Kong folks – together with these set out within the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

We are additionally extraordinarily involved that this action will exacerbate the prevailing deep divisions in Hong Kong society; the regulation does nothing to construct mutual understanding and foster reconciliation inside Hong Kong.

Rebuilding belief throughout Hong Kong society by permitting the folks of Hong Kong to benefit from the rights and freedoms they had been promised could be the one means again from the tensions and unrest that the territory has seen over the past yr.

The world’s deal with a worldwide pandemic requires enhanced belief in governments and worldwide cooperation. Beijing’s unprecedented transfer dangers having the other impact.

As Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity are jeopardised by the brand new imposition, we name on the Government of China to work with the Hong Kong SAR Government and the folks of Hong Kong to discover a mutually acceptable lodging that may honour China’s worldwide obligations underneath the UN-filed Sino-British Joint Declaration.” 

Meanwhile, reacting to the assertion, China lodged diplomatic protests with the US, the UK, Canada and Australia for interfering in its inner issues and warned America of countermeasures if it didn’t cease the frivolous political manipulation over the problem.

China’s parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly accredited a brand new controversial security regulation for Hong Kong, a transfer that critics say threatens the elemental political freedoms and civil liberties within the semi-autonomous territory, additionally a significant international buying and selling hub.

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