Foreign ministers of 'Five Eyes' alliance express concern over Hong Kong

China- Hong Kong Protest

A group of five countries led by the USA has called on China to stop undermining the rights of the people of Hong Kong to elect their representatives, asserting that Beijing's action appeared to be a part of a concerted campaign to silence all critical voices in the global financial hub.

Last week, China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) public office holders must pledge allegiance to their home country, after which the HKSAR government issued a statement saying that four lawmakers not having pledged their allegiance were immediately disqualified.

Three other former pro-democracy lawmakers appeared in court in Hong Kong on Thursday, one day after they were arrested for disrupting the legislature during debate on a national anthem bill earlier this year.

Hong Kong was expelled Four members of the opposition from its legislature Last week Beijing gave city officials new powers to prevent dissent.


The five countries stated that "China's action is a clear violation of its global obligations under the UN-registered Sino-British joint declaration, which is legally bound".

Police in Hong Kong on Wednesday morning arrested three former legislators in connection with incidents in May and June in connection with incidents of foul-smelling liquid being thrown into the city's legislature, an action police said with intent to cause harm. The Chinese Foreign Ministry pushed back, saying it "deplores" the statement and that it had interfered in China's internal affairs.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Nov 12 that the legal basis for the central government's administration of Hong Kong is the Constitution of China and the Hong Kong Basic Law.

The ministry spokesman said the loyalty of politicians to their country is not unique to China or Hong Kong, but a recognised worldwide norm common to all nations. It breaches both China's commitment that Hong Kong will enjoy a "high degree of autonomy", and the right to freedom of speech, the statement said.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

NFL’s Pro Bowl Will Be ‘Played’ in Madden
Operating in the midst of a global pandemic has resulted in reduced fan attendance, canceled games, and players forced to sit out. The Pro Bowl game itself, scheduled for January 31 in Las Vegas, was called off last month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian Soldiers Accused of War Crimes in Afghanistan
The revelations are also a serious blow to the prestige of the country's military, which is widely revered by Australians. He has reportedly reviewed some 20,000 documents and 25,000 images and interviewed 423 witnesses.

YouTube launches audio ads to target podcast, music audience
The giant video platform confirmed that the new Terms of Service will be effective in all regions by 2021. These lineups can be focused on a genre, such as Latin music or K-pop, or on an interest like fitness.

Michael B. Jordan Is People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2020!
The issue hits newsstands on Friday. "This is one that they're definitely going to have a special place for", said Jordan. Now he can add People magazine's famous title to his list of accomplishments.

London’s Medical Startups Challenge Welcomes a New Judge, Max Polyakov
MBios is a joint project of Innovation House and the Ukrainian Medical Association of the United Kingdom (UMAUK). Such kind of challenges provides the participants with an opportunity to present their projects to the world.

Other news