After the National People’s Congress passed the resolution on the National Security Law of the Port Area on Thursday, the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Canada issued a joint statement condemning Beijing’s forced implementation of the National Security Law, which would threaten the freedom of the people of Hong Kong and seriously weaken the guarantees of the Sino-British Joint Declaration Hong Kong’s autonomous status.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rab, Australian Foreign Secretary Maris Payne, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois Philip Champagne, and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo issued a joint statement on Thursday (28th) to Beijing to implement the National Security Law in Hong Kong expresses deep concern.
The statement stated that Hong Kong prospered as a bastion of freedom. Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability are crucial to the critical and long-term interests of the international community. Instead of letting Hong Kong’s own legislative body pass Article 23 of the Basic Law, the Beijing authorities will directly implement the National Security Law on Hong Kong, which will weaken the freedom of the people of Hong Kong and thus significantly weaken the autonomous system that promotes Hong Kong’s prosperity.
The joint statement pointed out that Beijing’s decision to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong constitutes a direct conflict with the legally binding United Kingdom-China Joint Declaration registered with the United Nations, destroying the framework of one country, two systems. The law also increases the possibility of prosecuting political crimes in Hong Kong. It undermines existing commitments to protect Hong Kong’s human rights, including those made by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economics, Society, and Culture.
The statement said We are also very concerned that this action will exacerbate the deep-rooted differences in Hong Kong society; this legislation will not help build mutual understanding and promote reconciliation within Hong Kong.
The statement also said that allowing Hong Kong people to enjoy their rights and freedoms and rebuild trust in the entire Hong Kong society is the only way to eliminate the tension and unrest in Hong Kong over the past year.
The statement emphasized that worldwide attention to global pandemic diseases requires greater trust in the government and international cooperation. The unprecedented move of the Beijing authorities may have the opposite effect.
The joint statement of the four countries concluded that because the new national security laws endanger the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong, we call on the Chinese government to work together with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the people of Hong Kong to seek a compromise plan acceptable to both parties to ensure China’s registration with the United Nations The Sino-British Joint Declaration of International Obligations.