China Says Canada, Five Eyes Allies Call for Hong Kong Election “Neglecting the Facts” – National


In a tweet accompanying the statement, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Canada would join its “like-minded partners in expressing serious concerns over the erosion of rights in Hong Kong.”

In an emailed statement to Global News on Monday, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said China “deplores and rejects the joint statement on Hong Kong by the Five Eyes foreign ministers.” .”This is further proof of their interference in China’s international affairs and the Hong Kong Legislative Council elections,” he said. “China has made tough approaches to the countries concerned.”

The Chinese embassy said the decision to postpone the elections “in the face of the raging pandemic” was “a justified and necessary step to ensure the safety and health of people and secure, fair and just elections.”

And, according to the statement, the “words and actions of the disqualified candidates called into question the limits of the law”.

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But Five Eyes foreign ministers also expressed “deep concern” over Beijing’s imposition of the new national security law, saying it “erodes the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.” .

Under sweeping new legislation imposed last month, anyone who engages in secessionist activity – by organizing or participating – will break the law whether or not violence is used.

Hong Kong police said they arrested at least nine people between the ages of 23 and 72 on suspicion of breaking the law with offenses such as colluding with a foreign country and conspiring to defraud.

Earlier Monday, media mogul Jimmy Lai was arrested as police raided the headquarters of his group Next Digital, taking away boxes of what they said was evidence.

The police action marked the first use of the law against the news media, fueling fears that the authorities would crack down on press freedom.

Next Digital operates Apple Daily, a fiery pro-democracy tabloid that often condemns the Chinese Communist Party government.

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But the Chinese embassy has maintained the country’s stance that the new national security legislation has “filled legal loopholes in Hong Kong.”

“The legislation protects the safety, rights and freedoms of the vast majority of Hong Kong residents enjoyed by law,” the statement said.

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Since its imposition, the new legislation has been condemned by the international community, and each of the Five Eyes countries ended their extradition treaties with Hong Kong in response.

Additionally, last week the United States imposed sanctions on Carrie Lam and 10 other officials.

: With files from Reuters et Associated Press


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