Hong Kong-China crisis: United Kingdom to lead coordinated global response

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2020

China on Monday said that U.S. attempts to harm Chinese interests will be met with firm countermeasures, criticising Washington's decision to end special treatment of Hong Kong as well as actions against Chinese students and companies.

"The Global Times, an English-language newspaper published by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, shared an editorial titled "'Beautiful sight' extends from H.K.to U.S." on Sunday.

Pro-Beijing groups in Hong Kong said they had collected three million signatures amid a city-wide campaign in support of the national security law, which will target "actions and activities" deemed subversive, seditious, instigated by foreign forces, or supportive of independence.

The new law is seen by the worldwide community as a way subvert the democratic nature of Hong Kong's functioning.

Yet as President Donald Trump expressed alarm about the "deeply troubling" situation in Hong Kong, he soon found himself facing similar scenes on the U.S.'s own streets. According to a May 29 briefing by the U.S.

Hong Kong was handed over in an agreement known as "one country, two systems" that allowed the region freedoms not available in mainland China.

Beijing has always been infuriated by criticism from Western capitals, especially Washington, over its handling of the pro-democracy protests that shook Hong Kong previous year.

"Victims of communism will always find refuge in the United States", Sasse added.

"Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom".

During last year's anti-government protests, Poly U and CUHK saw pitched battles between students and riot police, who fired thousands of rounds of tear gas as they besieged defiant students who erected barricades and flung Molotov cocktails to prevent them from entering the campus. There have been many instances in which Hong Kong protesters and journalists were victims of police violence. Some cities have seen arson and looting, and across the nation police have been criticised for using excessive force.

The presidents of Hong Kong University, Chinese University (CUHK), Lingnan University, Polytechnic University (Poly U), and Education University said they "understand the need to enact national security laws" in pursuit of social stability and good public order.

"I am proud to stand with them as they fight to provide a broad platform for unions, civil and human rights organizations, and other allies to coordinate and advance an agenda for democracy and fundamental worker and human rights", said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a press release.

Trumka called on the pro-Beijing Hong Kong government to drop charges against 15 democracy activists, among them CHRF's deputy convenor Figo Chan, who were arrested in April.

"I hope everyone will continue to work hard in the future, to continue our calls for the five demands, and oppose the national security law", CHRF stated.

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