Block us and Britain will suffer, warns China

Foreign ministers from Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the US accuse Beijing of breaching international law with its crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and protesters in Hong Kong.

Block us and Britain will suffer, warns China Photo

Foreign ministers from the English-speaking intelligence alliance accuse Beijing of breaching international law with its crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and protesters.

Foreign ministers from Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States urged China "to re-consider their actions against Hong Kongs elected legislature and immediately reinstate the Legislative Council members."

China granted authorities fresh powers to curb dissent in Hong Kong, which triggered mass resignations by lawmakers opposed to closer ties with Beijing.

Britain has repeatedly accused the Chinese government of breaking the promises it made under the terms of the handover of Hong Kong in 1997. Both countries agreed that the territory would maintain its independence and basic freedoms as part of a "one country, two systems" formula.

"Chinas action is a clear breach of its international obligations under the legally binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration," the five countries said.

Chinas ministry of foreign affairs in Hong Kong said any attempt by foreign states to threaten or pressure Beijing to make concessions is "doomed to fail."

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