China says Five Eyes, including NZ, should face reality on Hong Kong

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warns the Five Eyes partnership of consequences if it dares to harm China's sovereignty in Hong Kong

He is a Fulbright recipient at the University of Maryland (U.S.) and a former assistant researcher at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute.

The arrests come after Hong Kong's opposition lawmakers resigned en masse last week in protest against the dismissal of four colleagues in what they see as another push by Beijing to suppress democracy in the city.

New Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta brushed off a threat from China today to New Zealand and four other nations that they should "beware of their eyes being poked and blinded".

Family members of some of the 12 Hong Kong people arrested by China at sea in August said on Thursday they have received their first letters from them, but they were suspicious of the praise for how well they have been treated in prison.

China on Thursday rejected the latest attack on its Hong Kong policy by the USA and several of its allies, saying they "should face up to the reality" that the former British colony has been returned to China.

"Civil servants must uphold their country's constitutional laws and honor the pledge of allegiance to the motherland, which is the basic political ethics in all countries", Zhao said. Both lines of arguments - under critical judgment - were representative of double-standards, plain and simple.

The Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group has said that China's imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong appeared to be part of a campaign to silence critics and called on Beijing to reverse course. "For the sake of Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, it is essential that China and the Hong Kong authorities respect the channels for the people of Hong Kong to express their legitimate concerns and opinions", the statement added, before concluding with a call for authorities to "immediately reinstate" the four lawmakers.

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Britain China now considers the joint declaration to have been violated three times, Including the National Security Act for Hong Kong introduced this year.

The news comes a week after Dominic Raab said the move by Beijing represented a "clear breach" of the joint declaration which was supposed to guarantee the former colony a high degree of autonomy under Chinese rule.

More significantly, Beijing's decision to reiterate its zero-compromise position on foreign interference is a testament to the state's true legal spirit.

"We deplore and firmly oppose relevant country's finger-pointing over China's Hong Kong affairs, which is a flagrant violation of global law and basic norms governing worldwide relations", spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a daily press briefing, adding that China's solemn position on the relevant issue has been made clear on many occasions.

Contrary to the Five Eyes allegations, it is not "in keeping" with the Basic Law to cater to lawmakers who seek external interference in Hong Kong's affairs.

The move was denounced by China's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office as "an open challenge" to the authority of the central government and the Basic Law, Hong Kong's constitution.

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