Canada and allies condemn China's approval of Hong Kong security law

Daniel Fowler
May 29, 2020

The vote empowered the standing committee to draft legislation to punish "secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger national security in Hong Kong".

But of greater concern in Hong Kong is the Chinese government's national security law for the city, which is expected to be enacted before September.

But the timing of a potential announcement could come at a time of increasingly heated rhetoric about the imposition of national security laws on Hong Hong in violation of the Sino-British accord.

"We believe that this not in conformity with global commitments, nor with the Hong Kong basic law", he said.

The laws were approved by China's Parliament.

It underlined that the decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong "lies in direct conflict with its worldwide obligations under the principles of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration", and it would "undermine the One Country, Two Systems framework". As Hong Kong's stability and prosperity are jeopardized by the new imposition, we call on the Government of China to work with the Hong Kong SAR Government and the people of Hong Kong to find a mutually acceptable accommodation that will honour China's worldwide obligations under the UN-filed Sino-British Joint Declaration.

The US over the last few days has expressed concerns over the new Chinese law on Hong Kong and has indicated taking steps against it.

The security legislation, along with a bill to criminalise disrespect for China's national anthem, are seen by protesters as the latest attempt by Beijing to tighten its control of the city.

"We call on the government of China to work with the Hong Kong SAR government and the people of Hong Kong to find a mutually acceptable accommodation that will honour China's worldwide obligations under the UN-filed Sino-British Joint Declaration", the statement from the four governments said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang cast their votes on the national security legislation for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the closing session of NPC in Beijing

China's National People's Congress passed the law on Thursday. "While the United States once hoped that free and prosperous Hong Kong would provide a model for authoritarian China, it is now clear that China is modelling Hong Kong after itself".

But their relationship has become outright hostile this year with the emergence of a new coronavirus in China, which has now killed 100,000 people in the United States. It was the first country to shut down factories, shops and travel to fight the pandemic and the first to reopen in March, but is still struggling to revive economic activity. The officials could not say how many people could ultimately be expelled, although they said it would be only a fraction of the Chinese students in the country. They say as many as 25 million jobs might be lost for good this year.

A flag-raising ceremony is held at Golden Bauhinia Square to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China in Hong Kong, south China, July 1, 2018.

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Li, the premier, said Beijing was in a "strong position to introduce new measures" if necessary but wanted to avoid flooding the economy with too much money.

Led by the USA, several countries in the world have blamed China for the spread of coronavirus and its failure to provide timely information about the disease, leading to the death of over three lakh people and causing an unprecedented economic crisis.

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He called for worldwide cooperation in fighting the coronavirus pandemic but didn't answer a reporter's question about how an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic demanded by Washington and some other governments should be conducted. China has blocked imports of beef from four Australian suppliers in apparent retaliation for Australia's calls for an investigation.

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However, port workers had been on board before the outbreak was known. "We know all who those people are". On both occasions, it was indicated that "a number of the crew were ill", Commissioner Dawson said.

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