China berates the United Kingdom and Canada for Hong Kong; press France on Huawei | News | DW


In the midst of a diplomatic crisis triggered by China’s crackdown on Hong Kong, the Chinese authorities strongly condemned the retaliatory measures taken by the United Kingdom and Canada. “The British government continues to make irresponsible remarks about the affairs of Hong Kong,” said Chinese Ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming on Monday.

The UK sees the new Hong Kong security law as a “clear and serious” violation of the terms agreed upon between London and Beijing before the UK returned its colony to China. In response, London announced that millions of Hong Kong residents who still hold a British national passport (overseas) will now have full British citizenship.

Ambassador Liu criticized the British offer and said that China would decide on its response based on the action of the United Kingdom.

“This decision constitutes blatant interference in the internal affairs of China and openly flouts basic standards for international relations,” he told reporters in London.

Canadian pressure like “kicking bites”

China also criticized Canada for its “unwarranted comments” on Hong Kong and urged it to “immediately correct its mistakes”.

The statement by the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa comes after Canada suspended an extradition treaty with Hong Kong and halted the export of sensitive military equipment to the island city.

The embassy said that any “wrong measure introduced by a handful of western countries, including Canada, will never affect the implementation of the national security law” in Hong Kong.

“Their attempt to pressure China on the pretext of Hong Kong-related problems is completely against the times, and doomed to failure like a kick against the stings,” the embassy said.

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The embassy also issued a travel warning for Canada, urging its citizen to be aware of “the frequent violent actions of law enforcement agencies in Canada, which have sparked numerous protests.” Chinese diplomats did not provide details of the protests, but the warning likely refers to anti-racism rallies that started in the United States and spread to Canada. The protests in Canada were much more peaceful than similar rallies in the United States.

Chinese companies “all look”

In addition to the Hong Kong crisis, the United States’ allies faced strong pressure from Washington to marginalize Huawei, the world’s largest modern 5G network builder. Washington believes that the equipment provided by Huawei could be used for espionage and sabotage, which the company denies. The U.S. and Australia have already banned the tech company from working on their 5G infrastructure.

Chinese ambassador to London Liu also reacted on Monday to reports that the British government plans to prevent Huawei from building the British 5G internet network. Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently declared that he would protect British infrastructure from “hostile state sellers”.

“We want to be your friend. We want to be your partner, ”said Liu. “But if you want to make China a hostile country, you will have to bear the consequences. He also said that the removal of the Chinese tech giant would damage London’s reputation.

“The business community in China is all watching how you manage Huawei. If you get rid of Huawei, it sends a very bad message to other Chinese companies, “said Liu.

The head of the French cybersecurity agency ANSSI said on Sunday that there would be no “total ban” on Huawei. State would grant licenses to companies already using Huawei technology, but country’s cybersecurity officials were pushing other telecom companies not to start using it, said Guillaume Poupard of ANSSI The echoes journal.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called on France to “provide an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory business environment for businesses in all countries, including in a briefing in Beijing on Monday.” Chinese companies. ” He also said that Beijing hoped that Paris would have an “objective and fair attitude” in the dispute.

dj / msh (Reuters, AFP)


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