Hong Kongers Cast 'Protest' Vote Against New Security Laws

Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2020

The Foreign Office has a working estimate that 200,000 people in Hong Kong are likely to take up the British Government's offer and move to the UK.

Law spoke to CBC News from an undisclosed location in a Front Burner episode that aired last week.

Steps against Hong Kong's financial system risk hurting U.S., Western and Hong Kong companies and consumers, according to the report https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-weighs-limited-options-to-punish-china-over-hong-kong-11594576800?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=10, citing U.S. officials and analysts.

European Union officials have in recent weeks said they could look at steps that would affect Hong Kong's status as a major financial center and gateway to trade with China.

"For me, leaving Hong Kong is actually more than a personal choice".

The law specifically targets the crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, but its broad and vague terms have spurred worry about its scope.

European Union officials declined to go into details about the measures, but two European Union diplomats said they did not amount to formal sanctions on China, the bloc's second-largest trading partner.

Defying warnings from a senior Hong Kong official that the vote might fall foul of the national security law, residents young and old flocked to more than 250 polling stations across the city, manned by thousands of volunteers.

While the government has repeatedly insisted that the law will affect only a tiny fraction of Hong Kongers and was necessary for the protection of national security, it has been convinced with widespread opposition both in the city and overseas.

"Hongkongers feel that we are now under a single system under the national security law", Wong said.

Mainland Chinese investment is already tightly controlled in Taiwan, though the source said they will be "taking stock" of how much there actually is in eight key sectors, including banking, energy, telecommunications and science parks.

But analysts say opponents to the national security legislation may see their candidacy stripped.

"We have agreed today to develop a coordinated European Union response to show support for Hong Kong's autonomy and civil society", he told a news conference after the meeting.

Borrell said European Union governments could announce national steps separately, but the 27-nation bloc viewed its response as a package to be defined and made reality "in the coming days".

Mr Johnson has called the security law a "clear and serious violation" of the joint declaration between the United Kingdom and China over Hong Kong's future.

"This is a complete denial of our rights under the constitutional Basic Law", he said.

After the program, Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, a leading Hong Kong affairs think tank, said that even if some in the opposition camp did not publicly advocate "Hong Kong independence" through their speech and actions, they regarded Hong Kong as an "independent political entity "rather than part of the country".