UK warns of consequences over Hong Kong freedoms

ENSHRINED RIGHTS: Britain should stop ‘gesticulating’ about the territory, China says; the British foreign secretary says it is ‘four-square behind the people of Hong Kong’

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 03, 2019
By: Reuters, LONDON

Britain yesterday warned China that there would be serious consequences if Beijing broke its

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promises to protect freedoms in Hong Kong, after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters.

Officers moved in after crowds stormed and trashed the Legislative Council building on Monday, the anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule, protesting against proposed legislation allowing extraditions to China.

British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt condemned violence on both sides, but said that China needed to stick to commitments that it made when it took back Hong Kong to allow freedoms there not enjoyed in China, including the freedom to protest.

“There will be serious consequences if that internationally binding legal agreement were not to be honored,” said Hunt, who is a candidate to replace Theresa May as British prime minister.