Passage of the Hong Kong national security law by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress was strongly condemned June 30 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The law reflects a complete negation of the commitment made by the Chinese Communist Party at the handover of Hong Kong in 1997 that the territory’s way of life would remain unchanged for 50 years, the MOFA said in a statement.
In addition, the law will significantly impact Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, freedom, human rights and rule of law, as well as cause tremendous social upheaval while affecting regional peace, stability and prosperity, the ministry added.
China is urged to respect the freedom and human rights of the people of Hong Kong, the MOFA said, adding that this extends to facilitating stable and prosperous development in accordance with the shared interests of the territory, the region and international community.
Taiwan is not standing idly by as the territory’s freedom, democracy and human rights are eroded, the MOFA said. Effective July 1, the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchanges and Services—set up under the government’s Hong Kong Humanitarian Aid Project—is providing support and assistance to the people.
The ministry said Taiwan is committed to working with like-minded partners to safeguard Hong Kong’s freedom, and will keep a close eye on implementation of the law and respond appropriately as per future developments. (TYT-E)
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