UK “will bear the brunt” of Hong Kong decision, China warns | World news


The Chinese ambassador accused the British government of blatantly interfering in China’s internal affairs by suspending extradition with Hong Kong and led a cavalcade of voices from Beijing warning of the consequences.British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced on Monday that his government would follow the initiatives of Australia, Canada and the United States and formally suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong in response to the unilateral imposition by Beijing’s national security laws.

He came on the eve of a visit to London by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss China, 5G and a post-Brexit free trade deal with Prime Minister Boris Johnson . Pompeo arrived on Monday evening and did not speak to the media.

The UK also extended a Chinese arms embargo established after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre to Hong Kong, and last week Chinese telecommunications company Huawei withdrew its future role in Britain’s 5G network.

Chinese Ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming accused the country of “blatantly interfering in China’s internal affairs and violating international law and basic standards governing international relations.”

“China has never interfered in the internal affairs of the UK. The UK should do the same with China. Otherwise, he must bear the consequences, ”he said.

An embassy spokesperson said the UK had “repeatedly made false remarks” about Hong Kong’s national security laws.


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