All Group of Seven (G-7) foreign ministers on June 17 issued a joint statement calling on Beijing to reconsider imposing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) so-called “national security” legislation on Hong Kong. Beijing’s rubber-stamp congress bypassed Hong Kong’s local legislature in late May to enact the legislation that would criminalize activities connected to subversion, succession, terrorism, and foreign interference.
The proposed law is seen as a major blow to the city’s autonomy. It has attracted condemnation both inside and outside Hong Kong and brought protesters back to the streets. It will be implemented in the territory once the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) drafts details of the legislation.As an international community we all have a stake in success & prosperity. With my @G7 colleagues we reiterated our grave concern at China's decision to impose the national security law.
International community calls upon China to adhere to its legally binding commitments and respect the autonomy and the freedom of the people of Hong Kong.
The foreign ministers expressed their “grave concern regarding China’s decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong,” noting that it would violate Beijing’s international commitments and breach Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which guarantees that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights can remain in force in the territory.
“The proposed national security law would risk seriously undermining the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle and the territory’s high degree of autonomy,” the foreign ministers of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom said in a joint statement with the EU’s High Representative.
Under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which set the terms of Hong Kong’s transfer to Chinese rule, the regime agreed to grant the city autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed in the mainland, under the formula of “one country, two systems.”
The statement came just hours before the National People’s Congress standing committee was set to convene in Beijing, although it was not clear whether the legislation would be discussed.