China is asking the UK to quit “meddling” in Hong Kong’s issues after Boris Johnson’s administration allowed a large number of residents to move to Britain.
Leader Boris Johnson made the citizenship offer, portraying the new security enactment as a “reasonable and genuine penetrate” of the arrangement that saw Hong Kong go from the UK to China in 1997.
In any case, the Chinese Embassy in London on Thursday told the UK that it “solidly restricts” the proposal to permit more than 2.9 million Hong Kong residents who hold British National Overseas (BNO) travel papers to apply to live in the UK, saying it would be a breach in international law.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the UK said: “If the British side makes unilateral changes to the relevant practice, it will breach its own position and pledges as well as international law and basic norms governing international relations.
“We firmly oppose this and reserve the right to take corresponding measures. We urge the British side to view objectively and fairly the national security legislation for Hong Kong, respect China’s position and concerns, refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any way.”
On Wednesday evening, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab conceded that the legislature would be not able to drive China into permitting those with BNO international IDs to move to the UK.
The remarks from the Chinese Embassy come as Australia’s executive said he was additionally considering offering a place of refuge for those in Hong Kong.
Addressing correspondents on Thursday, Scott Morrison stated: “The basic law and the safeguards that were put in place with the handover, we would expect to be upheld. I think that’s a very reasonable position and a very consistent position for the government.
“We are considering very actively and there are proposals that I asked to be brought forward several weeks ago.”
Only hours after China’s security enactment became effective in Hong Kong on Wednesday, police started making arrests under the new law.
A man was kept for conveying a banner that called for autonomy, while a lady was likewise held for conveying a sign bearing a similar message with a British banner.
The individuals who overstep the law could confront life in jail, as China tries to get serious about disruption and secessionist movement in the district.