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The EU is asking China to avoid measures that undermine Hong Kong’s legal autonomy

July 1, 2020

The European Union has urged China, after the approval and entry into force of the controversial security law that China has imposed on the enclave, to avoid any measures that undermine Hong Kong’s legal autonomy.

In a statement by EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell, the 27 expressed concern about recent developments in the field. This Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping passed the controversial national security reform for Hong Kong despite the criticism he received from the international community fearing that it would end the former British colony’s special status, and so on. Just one day the Hong Kong police later broke up a demonstration that had already led to arrests under the new law.

For this reason, the European bloc demands that Beijing avoid any measures that undermine Hong Kong’s legal autonomy, including human rights. “The EU is assessing the impact of this law and will continue to express concerns in its talks with China. It will follow developments closely, including the context in which the September 6 parliamentary elections take place,” the statement said Borrell. .

The EU is asking China to avoid measures that undermine Hong Kong’s legal autonomyThe EU is asking China to avoid measures that undermine Hong Kong’s legal autonomy

The EU has underlined its concern that the new Beijing law will jeopardize the high degree of autonomy on the territory and affect the independence of the judicial system and the rule of law.