EU Urges Beijing to Preserve Hong Kong’s Autonomy
Brussels is calling on Beijing to follow up on the promises made to Hong Kong, European Council President Charles Michel said at a press conference on the occasion of the EU-China video summit.
« We expressed our serious concern to China regarding the proposals for the National Security Act regarding Hong Kong. We called on China to follow the promises made to the people of Hong Kong and the international community regarding a high degree of autonomy (of this region) and guaranteed freedoms, » he said.
In turn, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen noted that the EU informed Beijing that the national security law did not comply with Hong Kong laws or with China’s international obligations.
« The National Security Act risks seriously undermining the principle of « one country – two systems » and the high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong that we would like to see unchanged. It was this autonomy that allowed Hong Kong to flourish and be so successful, so if China continues to introduce this law, there the risk of very negative consequences, » said von der Leyen.
« Today we clearly outlined our position to the Chinese leadership and encouraged it to reconsider its point of view, » the European Commission President added, noting that the EU continues to maintain contact with G-7 partners on this topic.