China Is Flooded With Criticism About Hong Kong – International pressure on China strengthened around the Hong Kong issue. The United States, Australia, Britain and Canada condemned the anti-subversion law passed by the Chinese parliament recently. The four countries considered the legislation violated the Hong Kong sovereignty accord made between China and Britain in 1984.
Hong Kong is growing rapidly as a bastion of freedom, the representatives of the four countries wrote in a joint statement. The National Security Law is believed to be wiping out the freedom of Hong Kong citizens, and dramatically shrinking Hong Kong’s autonomy and the system that made the region prosper.
Britain, which ruled Hong Kong for 150 years until 1997, warned China of the negative consequences of the move. We urge China to resign, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized the international reaction to the situation in Hong Kong. In a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday (5/27), Zhao reminded that Hong Kong is an administrative area under Chinese sovereignty and therefore the National Security Act is a domestic matter. Other countries have no right to interfere.
Hong Kong’s autonomy is guaranteed in the concept of a one-state two system that is at the heart of the sovereignty agreement signed by Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang and Thatcher in 1984.
Britain, the United States, Australia and Canada assess new legislation that places acts of subversion against the government equivalent to the offense of terrorism that threatens the basic principles of the agreement.
Hong Kong democracy must be respected
Similar criticism came from Germany. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged China to respect the principle of one country and two systems. According to him freedom of expression and assembly, and democratic discourse must continue to be respected in the future, he said, Thursday (5/28).
We agreed in the European Union that Hong Kong’s autonomous status must not be stripped away. Hong Kong citizens enjoy the freedom and civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the principle of one country two systems. This legal principle will be upheld.
The National Security Law is believed to be used to silence demonstrations by pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong. According to Mass, the law cannot be allowed to disturb the fundamental values of democracy according to the contents of the agreement.
Freedom of expression and assembly, as well as democratic discourse in Hong Kong, must also be respected in the future.
The escalation of the conflict between Hong Kong and the Chinese government helped trigger the biggest wave of emigration since the transfer of sovereignty in 1997.
The number of people who want to change citizenship has increased sharply in the last two quarters of 2019, when 50,000 people applied for a passport change amid a wave of mass demonstrations.
Last December the police reported 20,000 residents asking for a letter of good behavior that was a condition for submitting citizenship. This ceme online medan figure is 60% higher than the same period in the previous year.
Josephine, a female journalist at the age of 30, said she initially insisted on settling in Hong Kong despite Beijing’s intervention. But the National Security Act made him think of leaving his place of birth.
“I don’t believe that Hong Kong residents will become refugees,” he told reporter DW, Ching-yan Lee. I want to emigrate.