China says 'Five Eyes' should face reality on Hong Kong

China says 'Five Eyes' should face reality on Hong Kong

"If they dare to harm China's sovereignty, security and development interests, they should be careful of getting their eyes poked and going blind", foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news conference yesterday.

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. "This is a basic political ethic in every country in the world, right?"

"We deplore and firmly oppose relevant country's finger-pointing over China's Hong Kong affairs, which is a flagrant violation of worldwide law and basic norms governing global relations", Zhao said in the press conference.

The Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group has said that China's imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong appeared to be part of a campaign to silence critics and called on Beijing to reverse course.

"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 reads. Therefore, Beijing is well within its rights to deny a free pass to the Five Eyes' coordinated foreign interference, touted as a favor to Hong Kong's "stability and prosperity".

"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's remarks came in response to the alliance's Wednesday rebuke on the dismissal of four "pro-democracy" lawmakers from the Hong Kong legislature that saw over a dozen "pro-democracy" officials resign in protest from the body.

New Zealand's bottom-line was that China would "actually reconsider that action, but more importantly the agreement with Hong Kong moving to China from the United Kingdom is that there would be a high level of autonomy and that would enable freedom of speech".

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Afterwards, he tweeted: 'Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong.

The UK and its four allies voiced "serious concern" at China's new rules.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian was responding to a statement on Hong Kong issued by the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand, which together make up an intelligence partnership known as the Five Eyes.

"We've made comments on Hong Kong independently earlier this year", she said.

With the national security law in place and the indefinite suspension of local elections, Hong Kong's autonomy is effectively moribund.

The FCDO said it regards the latest breach as the third time Beijing has violated the provisions of the Joint Declaration since the handover of the former British colony to China in 1997.

The move was denounced by China's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office as "an open challenge" to the authority of the central government and the Basic Law, Hong Kong's constitution.

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