CHINA ACCUSES THE UK OF INTERFERENCE IN ITS INTERIOR AFFAIRS


07/07/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- China has warned the UK not to interfere with Hong Kong following the imposition by Beijing of a sweeping new national security law. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said the UK's offer of a path to citizenship for up to three million Hong Kongers amounted to "gross interference". Ambassador Liu said he hoped the UK would reconsider its citizenship offer. "The UK government keeps making irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs," he told a virtual news conference.

The UK sees the new security law in Hong Kong as a "clear and serious" violation of the terms agreed between London and Beijing before the UK gave back its one-time colony to China. In response, London has announced that millions of Hong Kong residents who still hold British National (Overseas) passports would now be given a path to full UK citizenship.

Liu denied China had failed to fulfil its international obligations, saying the new law does not change Hong Kong's "capitalist system", its high degree of autonomy or its legal systems - something critics and protesters dispute. He said the security law protects Hong Kong and will end the chaos and restore order to the city after months of protests against what demonstrators see as growing encroachment by China.

Additionally, Liu has said a ban on the Chinese technology company Huawei from playing a role in developing the UK’s 5G network would damage Chinese trust in the UK and its belief that the UK can run a foreign policy independent of the U.S. Speaking at a briefing, he warned Boris Johnson “you cannot have a golden era if you treat China as an enemy”.


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