The day before, China’s parliament overwhelmingly passed a resolution to draft a law on national security in Hong Kong that would outlaw secessionism in the territory and hefty fines or jail terms for those ridiculing China’s anthem among other things.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry called on foreign nations on Friday to cease attempts at meddling in Hong Kong affairs.
The day before the UK joined Australia, Canada and the US in criticizing China’s decision to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong.
A resolution to draft a law on national security in Hong Kong was passed on 28 May with 2,878 lawmakers supporting it, while one voted against and six others abstained.
Under this resolution, the National People’s Congress Committee has been charged with writing a bill on Hong Kong’s security.
According to the media reports, the new legislation would require Hong Kong’s regional government to set up new institutions that would guarantee the safety of civilians.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called for the legislation to be enacted without delay, and the bill has the support of leading Hong Kong politicians, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
Prior to the voting, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress that Washington would have to reconsider the level of autonomy in Hong Kong if the new legislation is passed, while US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said that Beijing could face sanctions if the US finds that Hong Kong’s autonomy has been compromised.