China can no longer be considered bound by the Sino-British handover agreement regarding Hong Kong status, according to Britain.
“Beijing’s decision to introduce radical changes to restrict participation in Hong Kong’s electoral system is another clear violation of the Sino-British legally binding declaration,” Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said in a statement.
“The UK is watching Beijing is now not complying with the Sino-British declaration, “the British Foreign Office wrote in the same statement.
It is unclear whether the British approach will have any political or economic consequences.
Hong Kong was under British rule for more than 150 years, but it was handed over to China in 1997. Then Beijing made a binding promise to preserve the freedoms and rights enjoyed by Hong Kong residents under the slogan “One Country, Two Systems”.
Drove this summer China through the controversial National Security Act, which is widely believed to have torn apart the independence of the region and restricted the ability of the democratic movement to function, and is thus considered by many to be a breach of the contract.
On Thursday, another proposal was reached, which gives the communist dictatorship a decisive influence on the candidate lists ahead of the Hong Kong elections.