China says Five Eyes, including NZ, should face reality on Hong Kong

Five Eyes Alliance Urges China to Keep Hong Kong Commitments

It's main objective is the sharing of intelligence information between parties.

The Five Eyes' allegations are not an isolated occurrence; they are part of a chorus of anti-China sentiment, promoted by select Western powers as a so-called promise to Hong Kong's freedoms, so that the underlying goal of external interference in China's "One Country, Two Systems" framework can be consciously cultivated.

"No matter how many "eyes" you have, be careful not to be poked and get blind by harming China's sovereignty, security and development interests", Zhao asserted.

Mahuta was not sure if the Five Eyes' statement had offended China but said she meant to speak to Chinese officials soon. "Courts in Hong Kong are being interfered with by the Beijing authorities and the rule of law in Hong Kong exists in name only".

The dismissal of the lawmakers has seen Beijing criticized for its latest efforts to silence individuals of the opposition.

Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki, and Dennis Kwok Wing-hang - all Civic Party members - and Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong, of the Professionals Guild, lost their seats in LegCo and were barred from running in the next election, which has been indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We've made comments on Hong Kong independently earlier this year", she said. This belief in putting the system first is represented aptly by the National People's Congress, which has the exclusive right of constitutional jurisdiction and oversight over Hong Kong's Basic Law - a recurring reference point that is selectively invoked in Wednesday's joint statement. The NPC Standing Committee's decision on the eligibility of the HKSAR [Hong Kong Special Autonomous Region] Legislative Council's members in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution, the Basic Law and the Hong Kong-related national security law is an inherent requirement of upholding and improving the system of "one country, two systems" and a necessary step to maintain the rule of law and constitutional order in the HKSAR.

The joint statement called the resolution a breach of China's global obligations and its commitment to grant Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy and freedom of speech.

"The disqualification rules appear part of a concerted campaign to silence all critical voices following the postponement of September's Legislative Council elections, the imposition of charges against a number of elected legislators, and actions to undermine the freedom of Hong Kong's vibrant media". "For the sake of Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, it is essential that China and the Hong Kong authorities respect the channels for the people of Hong Kong to express their legitimate concerns and opinions", the statement added, before concluding with a call for authorities to "immediately reinstate" the four lawmakers. "This is a basic political ethic in every country in the world, right?" Most recently, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stated that Beijing's stance toward opposition lawmakers was "part of a pattern apparently created to harass and stifle all voices critical of China's policies".

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