Madrid, March 14 (Europe Press) –
The Chinese government assured the United Kingdom that it no longer has any authority over Hong Kong’s territory, and that the accusations made by the British government the day before violating the Treaty of Return by imposing its national legislation on the region are nothing more than “unfounded slander.”
This is how Beijing responds to the British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, who denounced this Saturday that China is attacking the local jurisprudence of the region by imposing new and controversial local laws that affect the freedoms of its residents, such as the National Security Act or the election law. This week’s reform decision, according to its critics, is destined to punish dissidents.
The Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom said: “The United Kingdom does not have the sovereignty, jurisdiction, or right to” supervise “Hong Kong after the territory is returned, nor does it have any” obligation “towards its citizens. She described Raab’s accusations as “baseless slanders”.
Raab accused China on Saturday of failing to comply with the 1984 UK-China Joint Declaration in which London agreed to return Hong Kong to China in exchange for Beijing’s commitment to granting a broad degree of political autonomy to the former British colony.
Consequently, the United Kingdom considers China to be in “a state of continuous non-compliance” with the declaration, and has condemned Beijing’s decision to amend the election process for the Hong Kong government.
He added that “Beijing’s decision to impose radical changes to restrict participation in the electoral system of Hong Kong is a new and clear breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which is legally binding.”
“The continued action by the Chinese authorities means that I am now compelled to report that the UK considers Beijing to be in a state of continued non-compliance with the joint statement, which is a testament to the increasing distance between promises and Beijing’s actions,” Burchim said.
In this regard, Raab reiterates his “support for the people of Hong Kong.” “China should act in accordance with its legal obligations and respect fundamental rights and freedoms in Hong Kong,” he said.