China Responds With Irritation to British Criticism of Security Law
China is increasingly sensitive to criticism from the West over the introduction of a national security law for Hong Kong.
The law threatens to restrict free speech in the semi-autonomous region further. “Stop the gross interference in Hong Kong,” said the Chinese ambassador in London to the British.
Last week, China imposed a national security law in the semi-autonomous region of Hong Kong.
Formerly a British colony, Hong Kong has been part of China since 1997 but enjoys more freedoms than the rest of the People’s Republic.
However, that new law threatens to restrict those freedoms further.
The law allows China to punish anti-Chinese activities severely. Arrested activists could be tried in China themselves.
In response to the new law, the British government offered a group of more than three million Hong Kong residents with special passports the opportunity to become British citizens.