China Fearless amid Rising Criticisms Over HK National Security Law
China’s continuous intervention in Hong Kong affairs has created a situation of chaos and disruption throughout the mainland. But, China doesn’t see Hong Kong’s situation as a problem. It’s the Western interference that has bothered the country for a long time. China has often stated that it will not allow any external interference in Hong Kong’s matter, for it considers Hong Kong’s affairs as its internal affairs.
Over the time, China has warned the foreign countries against their continuous meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs. The country has taken necessary countermeasures and even slammed its foreign counterparts for the same, but failed in suppressing the raising voices against Hong Kong national security law. Countries like the UK, the US, Canada and Australia have all joined forces to oppose new security laws for the territory.
While slamming the US for its continued meddling, the Chinese embassy stated, “The Central Government is responsible for upholding national security in China, as is the case in any other country. For some time, internal and external hostile forces are trying to use Hong Kong to split the country, subvert the government, carry out terrorist acts and interfere in the affairs of Hong Kong SAR.”
In addition, the Chinese embassy in Australia also condemned the joint statement on Hong Kong by Australia, and said, “Hong Kong SAR affairs are purely China’s internal affairs and brook no foreign interference. Whereas Australia itself has enacted a number of laws on national security, it has no qualification at all to question China’s national security legislation for Hong Kong.”
In the wake of constant chaos and disruption with China’s draft decision of writing a new national security law for Hong Kong, recently, the UK also decided to allow thousands of Hong Kong residents to move to Britain. In all, the voices against the revised law that would prohibit “splittism, subversion, terrorism, any behaviour that gravely threatens national security and foreign interference’’ have prompted huge international support in the present.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has cleared that the country will change the existing rules for 169,000 holders of British National (Overseas) passports issued to Hong Kong residents at the time of the handover in 1997, allowing them to stay for a longer term than the six-month period.
While opposing the Hong Kong national security law, the foreign governments have together issued a statement saying that the law is a big threat to Hongkongers’ rights. They stated China’s decision to impose the new national security law lies in direct conflict with its international obligations under the principles of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration that guaranteed substantial autonomy to Hong Kong for at least 50 years.
Signed by the Chinese parliament, the Hong Kong national security law will be imposed without the approval of its democratically elected assembly. Meanwhile, the people are living in fear that China will use the new legislation to criminalise the ongoing pro-independence movement and prevent people from protesting in favour of the democratic reform. They also fear that if the proposed law comes into action, the so-called ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework will become null-void.
Chinese embassy’s comments that the country will take strict actions against the foreign countries meddling in the internal affairs have also invoked huge criticisms. But China’s constant neglecting of international stance on Hong Kong national security law makes it clear that it has turned a deaf ear to both the civilians’ plea and the rising criticisms.
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