The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has stressed “UK support for Hong Kong and its freedoms” as protesters broke into the territory’s legislative chamber on the 22nd anniversary of the handover of sovereignty from Britain to China, according to the Guardian.
Jeremy Hunt said, “UK support for Hong Kong and its freedoms is unwavering on this anniversary day. No violence is acceptable but Hong Kong people must preserve the right to peaceful protest exercised within the law, as hundreds of thousands of brave people showed today.”
“Hong Kong is part of China and we have to accept that. But the freedoms in Hong Kong are enshrined in a joint declaration; We expect that legally binding agreement to be honored and if it isn’t there will be serious consequences.”
The UK foreign secretary said it was imperative that Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, and the rights and freedoms of the Hong Kong people, are fully respected in line with the joint declaration and the Hong Kong basic law.
Hunt said, “We strongly believe that upholding ‘one country, two systems’ is the best way to ensure Hong Kong continues to play a vital role for China, and to continue its role and reputation as a global financial and trading centre for the rest of the world.”
Speaking to the press in the Oval Office yesterday, U.S. Donald Trump says he spoke ‘briefly’ about Hong Kong protests with Xi Jinping during G20.
He said after the July 1 protests, “I’ve rarely seen a protest like that, it’s very sad to see. I was with President Xi of China and we talked about it briefly.”
“Well they’re looking for democracy and I think most people want democracy. Unfortunately some governments don’t want democracy. But that’s what it’s all about. It’s all about democracy; there’s never been anything better.” Without naming China directly, the president is apparently referring that to the Beijing dictatorship.
The president told about the protests, “They’re obviously having a big impact. And I think that they’ve been very effective in their dealings with China.”
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representative, tweeted yesterday, “For weeks, the people of Hong Kong have inspired the world as they stand up in protest against the reprehensible extradition bill. Neither the G-20 nor the world should ignore their courage as we mark 22 years since the start of China’s so-called One Country, Two Systems.”
“The legislation says we no longer assume that China is operating under One Country Two Systems,” Pelosi told reporters earlier at a breakfast roundtable hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.
The Senate and the House on June 13 reintroduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, led by Senator Marco Rubio, and House Representatives Chris Smith and Jim McGovern.
Macro Rubio, U.S Republican Senator, tweeted, “We should all be inspired by & support the people of Hong Kong as they peacefully protest in favor of autonomy & against a Beijing backed proposed extradition bill that would allow individuals to be sent to China to stand trial.”