Boris steps in “Many people in Hong Kong fear that their way of life is under threat – Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away”

Boris Johnson on Wednesday said the UK would not walk away from the people in Hong Kong. This comes as China is trying to impose a national security law which conflicts with Beijing’s international obligations under a 1984 accord.

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“Hong Kong succeeds because its people are free,” Johnson wrote in The Times.
“If China proceeds, this would be in direct conflict with its obligations under the joint declaration, a legally binding treaty registered with the United Nations.”

China’s parliament approved a decision last week that would create laws for Hong Kong; the Chinese said this was to curb sedition, secession, terrorism and foreign interference. There are worries that intelligence agents and security from the mainland are now station in Hong Kong for the first time.

“Many people in Hong Kong fear that their way of life — which China pledged to uphold — is under threat,” Johnson said.
“If China proceeds to justify their fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away; instead, we will honour our obligations and provide an alternative,” he said.

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