Madrid, 13 Mar. (Europa Press) –
The British government on Saturday accused China of failing to comply with Beijing’s commitment to granting broad autonomy to the former British colony in 1984.
The United Kingdom views China as “consistently inconsistent” with the announcement and condemns Beijing’s decision to change the Hong Kong government’s election process.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb said it was the third violation of the declaration in nine months, “a system designed to harass and suppress voices critical of China’s policies.”
“Beijing’s decision to impose drastic changes to restrict participation in Hong Kong’s electoral system marks a new and clear violation of the Sino-British joint declaration, which is legally binding,” he said.
“The UK considers the continued action of the Chinese authorities to be in a state of non-compliance with Beijing’s joint statement, evidence of the growing distance between the promises and Beijing’s actions,” riveted.
In this regard, Rob reiterates his “support for the people of Hong Kong.” “China must act in accordance with its legal obligations and respect fundamental rights and freedoms in Hong Kong,” he argued.
Political tensions between the two countries have recently escalated due to protests in Hong Kong, which was under British rule until 1997. The recent election reform and the imposition of the National Security Act have exacerbated the situation.
Tensions have been rising since China imposed a new national security law in Hong Kong, making it easier to control protesters.
The joint declaration was signed by the United Kingdom and China in 1984. London has insisted that Hong Kong’s significant autonomy and freedoms be protected.
Rob was supported by the foreign ministers of the G7 countries. They expressed concern about the apparent erosion of democratic elements in Hong Kong’s electoral system.
“We call on the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities to restore confidence in Hong Kong’s political institutions and end unnecessary repression of those who promote democratic values and defend their rights and freedoms,” it said.
The European Union also raised concerns on Friday. Joseph Borel, the EU’s High Representative and Vice President, said China was consciously removing the ‘one country, two organizations’ policy, which violated its international obligations and Hong Kong’s basic law. Australia and New Zealand have also raised concerns separately.
The Hong Kong government has said it strongly opposes comments questioning China’s willingness to establish a “one country, two institutions”.