Hong Kong: Tom Tugendhat calls on allies to stand up

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat has said more countries need to “stand up and be counted” in the pushback against China’s new national security law in Hong Kong.

The controversial legislation - which came into force on Tuesday night - makes activities that are considered subversive or secessionist punishable by imprisonment, and is seen as targeting anti-government demonstrators.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mr Tugenhat - who is the Foreign Affairs Select Committee chairman - called for an international response.

“We need to get partners and allies who are willing to stand up for the international rules-based system because it’s what has allowed us to prosper in peace for the best part of 70-80 years.

“And so getting countries like South Korea and Japan, India, Singapore, Brazil, Nigeria, to actually stand up and be counted in this debate really, really matters.”

Yesterday Boris Johnson accused Beijing of a “clear and serious breach” of its treaty with Britain by imposing the law on Hong Kong and in response announced a plan to give three million Hong Kong residents the right to settle in the UK.

The Prime Minster said he would introduce a route for people with British National (Overseas) (BNO) status to apply for visas to live and work in the UK and apply for citizenship.

The Chinese Embassy in the UK said such a move would break international law and said Britain should “refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs”.

A statement said: “We firmly oppose this and reserve the right to take corresponding measures.”

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