The British urged China to rethink its plans and strategies in it to assert more control over Hong Kong, which was formerly British territory, and be returned to China with special conditions – including freedom of democracy.
“There is time for China to reconsider,” British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said, referring to the new security law, which had sparked protests throughout the city.
“There is a time for China to step back from the abyss and respect Hong Kong’s autonomy and respect China’s own international obligations,” Raab added,
The Chinese Parliament recently approved a new security law. This makes disagreement with the Chinese government a crime, with incitement as one of the main charges now being allowed to be used against people who disagree.
A pro-democracy protester (C) raises the British colonial flag during the “Lunch with You” meeting at a shopping center in the Central district in Hong Kong on June 1, 2020 | AFP
Recently, British ministers wrote to the government to start a coordinated international response to the crisis, which also included offering Hong Kong residents in the country. Indian Home Secretary, Priti Patel, promised support to the people of Hong Kong. More people from Hong Kong are now eligible to apply for British citizenship, as an international aid measure.
Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 as part of the vision of “Two Systems, One Country” which guarantees privileges for Hong Kong citizens not available elsewhere in mainland China.
Raab also urged the Hong Kong and Chinese governments to collectively work “to end the recent violence and resolve the underlying tensions based on political dialogue”.
On Tuesday, the United States might let people living in Hong Kong amid the ongoing China-Hong Hong crisis, which has sparked protests throughout the city.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his country would leave those who did not feel “comfortable” in Hong Kong. The US continues to call China’s actions an attempt to subvert democracy in the region.
He discussed this difference in British and American policy and said, “I don’t know exactly how it will work. The British have, as you know, different relationships. Many of these people have British national passports. There is a long history between Hong Kong and Britain; this is very different. “
(With input from Reuters and AFP)
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