Washington calls for UN Security Council meeting, Beijing refuses

The United States on Wednesday called for an immediate meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the security proposal Beijing wants to introduce in Hong Kong. China rejected its request by its ambassador to the UN.

The United States on Wednesday (May 27) called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on a controversial security law Beijing wanted for Hong Kong. The text will be reviewed by the Chinese parliament on Thursday.

“The United States is deeply concerned about the actions of the Chinese parliament that fundamentally undermine the high degree of autonomy and freedom that follows from the Sino-British Declaration of 1984, which was registered as a UN treaty,” he said in a statement. the US mission to the UN. She added that it was a “pressing issue of global concern involving international peace and security”, and in fact demanded immediate attention from the 15 members of the Security Council.

Rejection from Beijing

Speaking on Twitter, Chinese ambassador to UN Zhang Jun said that China “categorically rejects this baseless request” because the Hong Kong national security proposal is domestic affairs and is “not related to the Security Council mandate”.

According to new procedures established during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, all video conferences in the Security Council are organized on the basis of agreement among its 15 members. During regular times, each council member may oppose a meeting if he receives 9 votes out of 15 during a process vote.

The United States formally concluded earlier today that Hong Kong no longer enjoys the autonomy promised by China, paving the way for possible trade reprisals, in a first spectacular response to the controversial security law Beijing desired.

With AFP and Reuters