'Five Eyes' alliance urges China to end crackdown on Hong Kong legislators

Five Eyes Alliance Urges China to Keep Hong Kong Commitments

Hong Kong: UK and allies express 'serious concern' over China's policies

The move triggered mass resignations by Hong Kong's pro-democracy opposition lawmakers.

After the Hong Kong government canceled the qualifications of four pro-democracy legislators last week, the Foreign Ministers of the "Five Eyes Alliance" issued a statement on Wednesday, expressing concerns about China's practices.

The statement said: 'China's action is a clear breach of its worldwide obligations under the legally binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration.

Foreign ministers from the Five Eyes group urged China to reinstate them, saying the move was a clear breach of Beijing's legally binding commitments to protect the territory's freedoms and autonomy.

The spokesman urged the five countries to accept that Hong Kong has already returned to the motherland, discard their double standards and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any way or interfering in China's internal affairs in any form.

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He told a daily press briefing: 'Public servants must support their country's restrictive law and stay loyal to their homeland.

As a Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong was to have its own legal system, multiple political parties, and rights including freedom of assembly and free speech. The US, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have asked China to withdraw its new rules. She added that expanded Beijing-Hong Kong cooperation would bring new opportunities and mutual benefits.

In response to the security law, the United Kingdom offered Hong Kong residents still holding British National Overseas (BNO) status a route to British citizenship. No foreign country has the right to intervene in the matter'.

"We're not at the forefront of the debate and we're not antagonising China to the same degree [as Australia], but it's possible we could get a warning in time to come, a soft warning".

The statement criticized the disqualification of the four elected members of Hong Kong's legislature based on Beijing's new rules apparently meant to curb dissent.

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It is essential for Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, they say, for people to express their legitimate concerns.

"We are deeply concerned by recent developments there, including China's passing of national security legislation for Hong Kong and recent arrests of, and disqualification of, elected Legislative Council lawmakers", Mahuta said.

Zhao also doubled down on China's June decision to impose the national security law in Hong Kong.

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These countries criticized the new rule of China's opponents not being elected as MPs in Hong Kong.

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China denies curbing rights and freedoms in the global financial hub, but authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing have moved swiftly to quash dissent after anti-government protests erupted previous year and engulfed the city.

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