“They need to make sure that the people in Hong Kong who want to oppose the Chinese government and, on their own terms, cause trouble in Hong Kong, will not be welcomed.
“Their signal is, ‘if we can stop this high profile character, Jimmy Lai, that means we can stop anyone, no one is untouchable. ”
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Ms. Tang warned that if the situation continued at the current rate, Mr. Lai would be liable to be sentenced.
He will then probably be sentenced to life imprisonment as an example for other pro-democracy activists in the territory.
She said that while the move will not silence all opposition in Hong Kong, it will result in a “total confrontation” between Beijing and the West.
The journalist warned that the negotiation margin passed and that discussions would no longer be possible.
The new Chinese legislation is the most radical change in the way of life of the former British colony.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab accused China of a “clear and serious violation” of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.
He pledged that the British government would “honor” its commitment to the citizens of Hong Kong.
Up to three million UK nationals in the city can now live, work or study in the UK.
Beijing defended the legislation by saying it did not violate a treaty because the joint statement was just a statement.