US, 4 others accuse China of violating Hong Kong 1997 deal by ousting pro-democracy lawmakers

Five nations, including the United States, Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, on November 18, accused China of violating Hong Kong 1997 deal by ousting pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong’s legislature.

The foreign Ministers of the five allies have raised the accusations against China, saying that it was going against its 1984 promise to preserve autonomy in the financial hub after it was handed over by the then British colony in 1997.

Reiterating their individual remarks, the nations said in a joint statement, “China’s action is a clear breach of its international obligations under the legally binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration.”

“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 further read.

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