Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Liqin warned at a press conference on Thursday that London will bear the consequences of giving the green light to British citizens who qualify for British citizenship.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a direct signal on Wednesday that London would begin the necessary process. Johnson noted that the National Security Act passed and enacted by the Chinese government is a serious violation of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration that established the Hong Kong Status. This move could affect around three million people who already have the documents required to obtain a discount code license in the UK.
Similar threats were issued by the Chinese embassy in London: According to their statement, this violates the agreement between the two countries.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman also called on Canberra on Thursday not to interfere in China’s internal affairs. The spokesman responded that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that Australia was also considering granting asylum to Hong Kong residents threatened by the new National Security Act.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Zhao Lixin said: “Any attempt to undermine China’s sovereignty, security and development interests is doomed to failure.” According to Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and some foreign governments, the National Security Act, which was passed on Tuesday and then immediately entered into force, further weakens the city’s autonomy, which Beijing has guaranteed a city with special administrative status since 1997 in Hong Kong. Special Administrative Region. Returned to China from British colonial rule. (MTI, guardian)