China Accuses Britain of Ignoring Stability and Supporting 'Anti-China Chaos' in Hong Kong
China's foreign ministry criticizes a British report on Hong Kong, claiming it ignores positive conditions and supports anti-China chaos. Tensions between the two countries escalate as they present differing perspectives on governance and human rights.
China's foreign ministry in Hong Kong has strongly criticized a recent six-month report on the financial hub by Britain, claiming that it disregards the positive societal conditions and stable business environment in Hong Kong, while supporting anti-China chaos. The report, published by Britain, covers the period from January 1 to June 30 and raises concerns about the extension of China's national security law beyond genuine national security concerns. China imposed the national security law in 2020 following waves of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
While some Western governments have criticized the law, Chinese and Hong Kong officials argue that it is necessary to restore stability. The Chinese foreign ministry asserts that Hong Kong has successfully implemented the principle of "one country, two systems" since its return to China from British rule in 1997. In response to the British report, the Chinese foreign ministry questions the credibility of the UK's criticism by highlighting increasing poverty rates and record crime levels in the country. The ministry asserts that the UK lacks the confidence to criticize Hong Kong's democracy and human rights situation, stating that any attempts to disrupt Hong Kong will fail.
The British report also addresses concerns regarding the suppression of the protest anthem "Glory to Hong Kong" and the delayed national security trial of media tycoon Jimmy Lai. The UK emphasizes its commitment to defending universal human rights, including freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and pledges to support those who are targeted. Additionally, the report raises concerns about Hong Kong's legal and judicial systems, acknowledging their independence but noting the challenges of adjudicating on the opaque national security law.
The law places the authority of the Chief Executive on security matters above that of the city's courts. The tensions between China and the UK regarding Hong Kong's governance and human rights situation continue to escalate, with both sides presenting differing perspectives. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how these issues will be resolved and whether any common ground can be found.