Five Eyes Alliance Urges China to Keep Hong Kong Commitments

Cheryl Sanders
November 21, 2020

It's main objective is the sharing of intelligence information between parties.

"We deplore and firmly oppose relevant country's finger-pointing over China's Hong Kong affairs, which is a flagrant violation of global law and basic norms governing worldwide relations", Zhao said in the press conference.

The Five Eyes' allegations are not an isolated occurrence; they are part of a chorus of anti-China sentiment, promoted by select Western powers as a so-called promise to Hong Kong's freedoms, so that the underlying goal of external interference in China's "One Country, Two Systems" framework can be consciously cultivated.

"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 brothers had made a decision to set up their own establishment after often finding themselves seated next to the toilets in other restaurants because many owners at the time thought Chinese were not important customers.From that single restaurant in Central where the Landmark now stands, Maxim's has come a long way to become Hong Kong's largest restaurant group, with over 1,700 outlets and 24,000 staff in Hong Kong, China, Cambodia and Vietnam.It operates popular Chinese restaurant chains Jade Garden and Peking Garden, as well as western restaurants including Lawry's The Prime Rib, Italian deluxe bakery Cova, and Japanese restaurants such as Genki Sushi.

As a result, the unsafe and careless assertion that authorities in both China's mainland and Hong Kong represent vastly divergent sets of commitments to the rule of law is both politically motivated and provocative by design.

The dismissal of the lawmakers has seen Beijing criticized for its latest efforts to silence individuals of the opposition. That freedom has largely vanished in recent months with the passage of a "national security" law in Beijing's National People's Congress allowing Chinese authorities to prosecute Hong Kong dissidents and extradite them to China.

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. The NPC Standing Committee's decision on the eligibility of the HKSAR [Hong Kong Special Autonomous Region] Legislative Council's members in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution, the Basic Law and the Hong Kong-related national security law is an inherent requirement of upholding and improving the system of "one country, two systems" and a necessary step to maintain the rule of law and constitutional order in the HKSAR.

Mahuta added that joining the Five Eyes statement was an opportunity "to turn up the dial to say, 'There are actually many countries that feel the same way.' We're looking to China to consider the level of concern that's been expressed in relation to Hong Kong".

"We call on China to stop undermining the rights of the people of Hong Kong to elect their representatives in keeping with the Joint Declaration and Basic Law". The assertion that China's disqualification rules for select Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) members are part of some "concerted campaign" to silence critics in Hong Kong, is without any tangible proof.

The UK and its four allies voiced "serious concern" at China's new rules.

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