China‘s passing of a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong has sparked fury in the international community. The new legislation is the most radical change to the former British colony’s way of life since it was returned to China almost 23 years ago. Lord Christopher Patten, the last British governor of the territory, has issued warnings over the state’s “loutish” President, Xi Jinping.
Lord Patten described the foreign leader as an “old-fashioned dictator”.
He also claimed that President Xi had taken advantage of the coronavirus crisis to take action on Hong Kong.
The former governor said: “He’s behaved pretty loutishly all around the region and around the world.
“Most of the people who run businesses have another passport in their back pocket and they perhaps should think a little more about those who work for them who don’t have the option of going elsewhere if it all goes wrong.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the UK will decide what action to take with China.
Mr Raab warned that China’s passing of a the law is “a grave step”, and had violated the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.
He claimed that China had ignored international obligations by taking new powers which could curb civil liberties.
The minister said: “Despite the urging of the international community, Beijing has chosen not to step back from imposing this legislation. China has ignored its international obligations regarding Hong Kong. This is a grave step, which is deeply troubling.”
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