On Tuesday, UK warned China that the non-compliance with the Sino-British declaration on Hong Kong would have serious consequences, and said that Britain stood behind the people of the former British colony.
China condemned the violent protests in Hong Kong as an “undisguised challenge” to the “one country, two systems” formula under which the city is ruled, allowing freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including freedom to protest.
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said,
“The UK signed an internationally binding legal agreement in 1984 that enshrines the ‘one country, two systems rule’, enshrines the basic freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and we stand four square behind that agreement, four square behind the people of Hong Kong,”
he told BBC TV that,
“There will be serious consequences if that internationally binding legal agreement were not to be honored,”
Protesters, angered by the draft legislation authorizing extradition to mainland China, stormed the Hong Kong legislature on Monday, as police used tear gas to disperse them. Hunt urged the Hong Kong authorities that any repression exacerbates the concerns of the people.
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