China appeals to Britain not to 'go the wrong way' with Hong Kong sanctions

China appeals to Britain not to 'go the wrong way' with Hong Kong sanctions

Dominic Robb announced on Monday that he was suspending the extradition deal with Hong Kong due to his new national security law if Britain was following the wrong path as expected.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news conference that the decision and other exploitative schemes, such as the abuse of power by Chinese officials, could damage relations between the two countries.

"HK's commentary notes the basic facts behind the continued success of National Security Act One China, Two Systems," Wang said. Chinese rule in 1997.

"We strongly condemn these actions and urge Britain not to take any further action in the wrong direction so as not to further damage Sino-UK relations."

As Britain's extradition deal with Hong Kong is about to be reviewed by a foreign office, UK Foreign Secretary Rob will update the Commons on Monday afternoon and follow the US, Canada, and Australia in suspending it.

It is a response to China's implementation of comprehensive national security law against Hong Kong, which is guilty of free speech and political issues in the former British colony and introduces covert efforts.

Nathan Law, one of Hong Kong's leading young Democrats who recently fled to London, said the handover suggestion had received traction in Westminster. He wrote on Twitter: "I have spoken to many parliamentarians on this issue. There is very strong support for the idea of ​​terminating the handover agreement with Hong Kong. Changes are taking place."

Ian Duncan Smith, the co-founder of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition on China, also supported the proposal, tweeting that "it is the right thing to do in response to the Chinese government's action against the people of Hong Kong."

The UK government is considering a comprehensive report on so-called Magnitsky laws targeting the Uyghur population in China's northwestern Xinjiang province.

The government last week said it would remove Chinese telecom company Huawei from any role in the UK 5G network from 2027 due to security concerns, which has angered Beijing as well.

The government is under pressure from a number of traditional backbenchers to take a more linear approach to Huawei.

On Sunday evening, Tobias Elwood, chairman of the Parliamentary Defense Select Committee, said Britain had been betrayed by China for the past few decades.

"I really want to see a reset of our entire foreign policy, remembering that we are heading towards the Cold War. We do not do it in our own box, we need to work with our partners," he said on BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour program.

“We have been eyeing what we are doing with the Uyghur population, we have closed our eyes to the unequal business conditions that allowed Chinese companies to operate so generously in Britain and elsewhere, but it seems that there is enough time to say that our companies in China and now are unable to operate inside.

The UK has already pledged to allow 3 million Hong Kong residents to settle in Britain and pave the way for permanent citizenship in view of the implementation of the National Security Act in Beijing.

China will be high on the agenda after meeting its American counterpart Mike Pompeo in London this week.

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