The European Union (EU) deplored on Tuesday the controversial Hong Kong security law ratified by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (ANP, Legislative) of China, as it considered that it would undermine the autonomy and the rule of law of the city.
“This law risks seriously undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and having a detrimental effect on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law. We deplore that decision,” said European Council President Charles Michel in a press conference after a videoconference summit with South Korea.
For her part, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, recalled that “we have made it clear on different occasions, including in our direct contacts last week with Chinese leaders, that the new law is not in accordance with the Basic Law of Hong Kong or China’s international commitments, both in terms of adoption procedure and substance. “
“So we have made it very clear that for us it is very critical and we are seriously concerned about it,” he said during the same press conference.
German policy said, “In line with the guarantees China has given in the past, the existing rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents must be fully protected.”
Asked about the possibility of the EU taking measures in the face of this step taken today by the Chinese authorities, Von der Leyen replied: “We have consistently said that China risked very negative consequences if it continued with this crisis, including for the confidence of the business, China’s reputation, its public perception in Hong Kong and internationally. “
“We remain in contact with our international partners on this matter and will pay careful attention to how to respond,” he concluded.
Hong Kong media reported that the ANP is now debating the insertion of the law in Annex III of the Basic Hong Kong law, considered the “mini-constitution” of the semi-autonomous city, and which would include penalties of up to life in prison for “acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces to jeopardize national security. “