tirsdag 21. juli 2020

UK will ‘bear the consequences’ for Hong Kong decision, China warns

China’s ambassador has accused the UK government of blatantly interfering in China’s internal affairs by suspending extradition with Hong Kong, and led a cavalcade of Beijing voices warning of consequences. On Monday the UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, announced his government would follow moves by Australia, Canada, and the US, and formally suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong in response to Beijing’s unilateral imposition of national security laws.

It 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 the prime minister, Boris Johnson. Pompeo arrived on Monday night and did not address the media. The UK also extended a Chinese arms embargo established after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre to Hong Kong, and last week stripped Chinese telco Huawei from any future role in Britain’s 5G network.