World reacts to China’s nationwide safety regulation for Hong Kong


China’s enactment of a nationwide safety regulation for Hong Kong has triggered concern abroad and a agency defence at home.

China says the regulation is important to take care of separatism and international interference within the semi-autonomous territory, however critics say it would outlaw dissent and destroy the autonomy promised when Britain handed the territory to Beijing in 1997 underneath a “one country, two systems” framework.

Here’s a roundup of reactions to the regulation’s passage.


“It is regrettable that the national security law was enacted despite strong concerns shared among the international society and the people of Hong Kong,” Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi mentioned.

“It will undermine trust for the principle of ‘one country, two systems.’ “

United Kingdom

“We will be looking at the law very carefully and we will want to scrutinize it properly to understand whether it is in conflict with the Joint Declaration between the UK. and China. We will be setting out our response in due course,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned.

“China has chosen to break their promises to the people of Hong Kong and go against their obligations to the international community. The UK will not turn our backs on the commitments we have made to the people of Hong Kong,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab wrote on Twitter.

He added that Britain is elevating the difficulty on the UN Human Rights Council.

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United States

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the laws as “draconian” which might “end free Hong Kong” in a tweet late on Tuesday.

“The purpose of this brutal, sweeping law is to frighten, intimidate and suppress Hong Kongers who are peacefully demanding the freedoms that were promised,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned.

“We continue to urge President Trump to hold Chinese officials accountable for their abuses including in Hong Kong by deploying sanctions under the 2016 Magnitsky Act and by taking steps under the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. … We must consider all tools available, including visa limitations and economic penalties.”

European Union

“This law risks seriously undermining the high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong and having a detrimental effect on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law,” mentioned European Council President Charles Michel. “We deplore this decision.”

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, mentioned: “We have certainly persistently mentioned that China would danger very destructive penalties if it went forward with this regulation, together with for enterprise confidence, China’s repute, public notion in Hong Kong and internationally.

“We remain in touch with our international partners on this matter and will pay careful attention to how to respond.”

Hong Kong

“It will only target an extremely small minority of people who have breached the law, while the life and property, basic rights and freedoms of the overwhelming majority of Hong Kong residents will be protected,” Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam mentioned.

“The legislation will not undermine ‘one country, two systems’ and Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang cast their votes on the national security legislation for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the closing session of NPC in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang forged their votes on the nationwide safety laws for Hong Kong on the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing on May 28 [Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters]

Mainland China

“This issue is purely China’s internal affairs, and no foreign country has the right to interfere,” international ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian mentioned.

“The Chinese government is unswervingly determined to safeguard the interests of national sovereignty, security and development, to implement the ‘one country, two systems’ policy, and to oppose any external force interfering in Hong Kong affairs.”


“China promised that Hong Kong would remain unchanged for 50 years. The adoption of the National Security Law makes people feel that this commitment is indeed a blow to public confidence,” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen mentioned.

“We are disappointed that China cannot fulfill its commitments, which also proves that the ‘one country, two systems’ is not feasible.”

Joint assertion by 27 international locations at UN Human Rights Council

Twenty-seven international locations together with Britain, France, Germany and Japan mentioned China should rethink the regulation which “undermines” Hong Kong’s freedoms.

The 27 international locations have “deep and growing concerns” over the brand new safety regulation, which has clear implications on the human rights of individuals in Hong Kong, the assertion mentioned.

Imposing the regulation with out the direct participation of Hong Kong’s individuals, legislature or judiciary “undermines” the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ precept guaranteeing Hong Kong a excessive diploma of autonomy, rights and freedoms, mentioned the signatories, which included Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and 15 European Union states together with the Netherlands and Sweden.

“We urge the Chinese and Hong Kong governments to reconsider the imposition of this legislation and to engage Hong Kong’s people, institutions and judiciary to prevent further erosion of the rights and freedoms that the people of Hong Kong have enjoyed for many years.”

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In an announcement on Wednesday morning, Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne expressed “deep concern” over the laws.

“Australia is troubled by the law’s implications for Hong Kong’s judicial independence, and on the rights and freedoms enjoyed by the people of Hong Kong, both of which underpin the city’s success,” Payne mentioned.

“That this decision was made without the direct participation of Hong Kong’s people, legislature or judiciary is a further cause for concern. The people of Hong Kong will make their own assessments of how this decision will affect their city’s future. The eyes of the world will remain on Hong Kong.”