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World

UK accuses China of treaty breach in Hong Kong

  • "China has once again broken its promises and undermined Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy," Foreign Secretary said.
12 Nov 2020

LONDON: Britain on Thursday accused China of breaking its international treaty obligations, after four pro-democracy lawmakers were ousted from Hong Kong's legislature on security grounds.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the new rules to disqualify elected assembly members was "a clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration".

"China has once again broken its promises and undermined Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy," he said in a statement.

Britain is the former colonial power in Hong Kong and has increasingly locked horns with China since Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law last year.

Fifteen legislators quit in protest at the ouster of their colleagues, confirming fears among critics that democracy is being eradicated in Hong Kong.

On Wednesday, Raab said China was seeking to "harass, stifle and disqualify democratic opposition", denting its international reputation.

London has angered Beijing by offering Hong Kongers holding British National Overseas passports a route to UK citizenship by relaxing entry and residency requirements.

It has also suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, one of a number of countries to do so.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office minister Nigel Adams told parliament China had breached its treaty obligations three times since 1997, and twice in six months.

The treaty was signed before Britain handed back Hong Kong to China in 1997 and was designed to allay fears about its future under Beijing's rule.

It guarantees the financial hub special status including a high degree of autonomy to manage its own affairs and the right to freedom of speech.

Adams told lawmakers the latest move was part of a "pattern of measures to pressure and stifle all voices critical of China's policies".