China on Wednesday called on Britain to “immediately cease all disruption” in Hong Kong’s affairs after London urged it not to impose controversial national security legislation on autonomous territory.
Beijing is not one of those who let its internal politics dictate. “We advise the British side immediately to cease all interference in Hong Kong and Chinese internal affairs,” the spokesman said on Wednesday. from the Chinese Foreign Ministry to the British Government.
Zhao Lijian responded to London’s call not to introduce national security legislation on autonomous territory. The bill, which has been given the green light by the Chinese parliament, plans to punish separatist, “terrorist”, subversion or even foreign involvement in the territory.
The United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada have expressed their concern. And British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on Tuesday called on Beijing to release the law. “There is still time for China to reflect, move away from the cliff and respect Hong Kong’s autonomy and its own obligations as well as its international obligations,” he said.
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A comment that reacted quickly to Beijing. “We advise the British side (…) to abandon their Cold War mentality, their colonial mindset, to recognize and respect the fact that Hong Kong was returned” to China, said Zhao Lijian.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would offer millions of Hong Kong citizens passports and possible access to British citizenship if Beijing implemented the law. “Britain is not trying to prevent China’s emergence” on the international stage, Boris Johnson assured. “Britain just wants Hong Kong to flourish under one country, two systems.”