Nearly 200 political figures from around the globe – together with 20 Australians – have decried plans for nationwide safety legal guidelines in Hong Kong as worldwide tensions develop over the proposal to arrange Chinese authorities intelligence bases within the territory.
In a joint assertion organised by former Hong Kong Governor Christopher Patten and former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind, 186 legislation and coverage leaders mentioned the proposed legal guidelines are a “comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy, rule of law and fundamental freedoms” and a “flagrant breach” of the Chinese-British Joint Declaration that returned Hong Kong to China in 1997.
“If the international community cannot trust Beijing to keep its word when it comes to Hong K ong, people will be reluctant to take its word on other matters,” they wrote.
The letter was signed by 20 Australian politicians – 9 MPs and 11 senators.
US officers have mentioned the Chinese laws can be dangerous for each Hong Kong’s and China’s economies and will jeopardise the territory’s particular standing in US legislation.
China’s authorities, although, has dismissed different nations’ complaints as meddling.
US signatories included Republicans – Senator Marco Rubio, performing chair of the Intelligence Committee, and Senator Ted Cruz – and Democrats akin to consultant Eliot Engel, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Adam Schiff, chairman of the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Forty-four members of Britain’s House of Commons and eight members of its House of Lords additionally signed the assertion, alongside figures from throughout Europe, Asia and North America.