Translated by billwilliam; Reviewed by Wencheng
As directed by the CCP’s People’s Congress, the Hongkong government announced that four pro-democracy lawmakers Yang Yueqiaio, Guo Rongkeng, Guo Jiaqi, and Liang Jichang immediately lost their qualifications in the Legislative Council. The US, the UK, Canada, and Germany denounced the act as stripping away HK’s autonomy and neglecting the HK Basic Law. In response, the HK Office of Communist China’s Foreign Ministry said that any foreign intervention is doomed to fail.
According to a HK media report on November 11, US National Security Advisor Rober O’Brien said that China’s disqualification of four lawmakers in the Legislative Council was a “serious breach” of its commitment to Hongkong.
In his statement, O’Brien pointed out that the CCP used the “One Country Two Systems” as a disguise to expand its totalitarian rule in Hongkong. The US will use all powers conferred by the HK Human Rights and Democracy Act, the HK Autonomy Act, and Executive Order No.13936 to identify and sanction those individuals who undermine freedom in Hongkong.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab also issued a statement condemning Beijing’s action, which he believed is another blow to the autonomy and freedom granted by the Sino-British Joint Declaration. He also pointed out that suppressing opposition lawmakers and revoking their qualifications would not only damage China’s international reputation but also jeopardize Hongkong’s long-term stability.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry expressed concerns that China’s decision is the latest step to undermine pluralism and the freedom of speech. It described this trend as worrisome and reiterated that HK citizens should have the right to conduct elections freely and fairly, and to enjoy freedom guaranteed by the Basic Law. These rights must be respected. Hongkong must be able to maintain autonomy, as China promised. Germany also urged the Chinese authority to set a new date for the postponed HK Legislative Council election as soon as possible.
Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe issued a statement that Beijing’s action further undermined the autonomy that Beijing promised when the Hongkong returned to China in 1997. This also suppressed the room for freedom of speech and public participation in Hongkong’s government. He believed that China’s actions clearly demonstrated its ignorance of the Basic Law and the autonomy it promised to HK under the framework of “One Country Two Systems.” He reiterated that Canada will continue to stand with the people of Hongkong.
Australia and Canada also condemned Beijing for causing so much damage to Hongkong.
The spokesperson of the HK office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said they wouldn’t tolerate any foreign interference. The spokesperson emphasized that lawmakers in any country should express loyalty to their country.
Communist China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin responded to foreign criticisms by saying that the People’s Congress’s decision to revoke the qualification of the 4 lawmakers was a legal practice that fit with the One Country Two Systems.