Published: Sat, November 21, 2020

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

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

"No matter if they have five eyes or 10 eyes, if they dare to harm China's sovereignty, security and development interests, they should beware of their eyes being poked and blinded", he said at a daily briefing.

The foreign ministers expressed concern that the move would further undermine Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and rights and freedoms, and urged the Chinese and Hong Kong governments to reconsider their actions.

"Civil servants must uphold their country's constitutional laws and honor the pledge of allegiance to the motherland, which is the basic political ethics in all countries", Zhao said.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong said earlier that any attempt by foreign states to threaten or pressure Beijing to make concessions was "doomed to fail".

The countries, which form the Five Eyes alliance, criticised China's imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong. Contrary to the alliance's brazen allegations, both China's National People's Congress and authorities in HKSAR are staunchly committed to maintaining constitutional order in Hong Kong.

The four disqualified lawmakers were earlier barred from running for reelection due to their calls for foreign governments to impose sanctions on China and Hong Kong.

Contrary to the Five Eyes allegations, it is not "in keeping" with the Basic Law to cater to lawmakers who seek external interference in Hong Kong's affairs. Most recently, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stated that Beijing's stance toward opposition lawmakers was "part of a pattern apparently created to harass and stifle all voices critical of China's policies".

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.

The joint statement called the resolution a breach of China's worldwide obligations and its commitment to grant Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy and freedom of speech.

The UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have accused China of a concerted campaign to silence critical voices in Hong Kong in breach of its global obligations.

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.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong on Friday told DW that he faces up to five years in jail if found guilty of instigating unlawful protests last year.

Beijing's spokesperson Mr Zhao today also fended off criticism against the controversial law: 'Since the implementation of the National Security Law, Hong Kong has not seen the so-called "beautiful sight".

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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