British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has in report by a news agency strongly indicated that the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens as the city’s leader arrived in Beijing for meetings on a planned national security law that has many worried about their futures.
Johnson, in a column published online by a Hong Kong newspaper, said the security law would curtail freedoms in Hong Kong and conflict with China’s obligations under its agreement with the United Kingdom to take back the former British colony in 1997.
Britain wants nothing more than for Hong Kong to succeed under “one country, two systems”. I hope that China wants the same. Let us work together to make it so.https://t.co/yEZSNDGREb
— Boris Johnson #StayAlert (@BorisJohnson) June 3, 2020
Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life which China pledged to uphold is under threat, he wrote in the South China Morning Post.
If China proceeds to justify their fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away.
China shocked many of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people when it announced earlier this month that it would enact national security laws for the city, which is guaranteed a high level of autonomy outside of foreign and defense affairs.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, a supporter of the move, arrived in Beijing on Wednesday morning for meetings with central government officials on the planned laws.
China could enact the laws later this month or at the end of August, analysts have said