Hong Kong expelled four opposition members from its legislature last week after Beijing gave city officials new powers to curb dissent. The move sparked massive resignations from Hong Kong pro-democracy opposition lawmakers.She also raised new concerns about Hong Kong’s level of autonomy, promised under a “one country, two systems” formula when Britain ended colonial rule and returned Hong Kong to China in 1997.
“China’s action is a clear violation of its international obligations under the legally binding Sino-British joint declaration registered by the UN,” the five countries said.
Britain now considers China has violated the joint statement on three occasions, including with the national security legislation for Hong Kong introduced this year.
Washington has already imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Managing Director Carrie Lam and other Chinese officials over the crackdown, and has warned of further measures.
Hong Kong police said they arrested three former lawmakers on Wednesday morning during incidents in May and June in which foul-smelling liquid was dumped into the city’s legislature, an act police say was intended to cause harm. damage.
China refuses to restrict rights and freedoms in the global financial hub, but authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing moved quickly to quell dissent after anti-government protests erupted in June last year and plunged the city in crisis.