Beijing responded to the threats of Paris. Thursday, July 9, China has sent a warning to France after the intervention of the minister of foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, who announced "measures" in reaction to the policy of the chinese government towards hong Kong. "The affairs of hong Kong fall within the internal affairs of China and no country has the right to interfere with it," said to the press a spokesperson of china's public diplomacy, Zhao Lijian.
Beijing imposed last week a national security law in hong Kong, which aims to crack down on subversion, secession, terrorism and the collusion with the foreign forces, in response to the challenge launched last year against the central power in the former british colony. It is the most radical for hong Kong since its handover by the Uk to China in 1997. The activists pro-democracy fear an erosion of unprecedented freedoms and autonomy in the territory.
"there is really a break from the fundamental law of 1997"
in Front of the foreign Affairs committee of the Senate, Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday that France would not remain inactive on the issue in hong kong. "We are considering measures that I will be asked to broadcast when the time came ", he added, pointing to want to do it in "coordination" with other european countries. "There is really a break from the fundamental law of 1997 in relation to the principle one country, two systems [...], so we are not going to stay like this ", insisted the minister. In response, the spokesperson of china has expressed hope that "some countries" would be "cautious in words as in actions" and would act " in a more positive way to the stability of hong Kong ".
The european Union has remained for the time being very measured on this folder, unlike the United States and the United Kingdom. She called on China " to avoid any action that would undermine the autonomy of hong Kong ", but did not report any measure of response. The United States has, however, threatened Beijing news retaliation after having already revoked in may the trade status from preferential to hong Kong. London for its part, has decided to facilitate the access to british citizenship to hong Kong, an announcement described as "interference crass" by Beijing. Australia, meanwhile, announced Thursday the suspension of its extradition agreement with hong Kong and the extension of visas for the benefit of hong Kong.
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