CHINA hit back with anger at the United States and Great Britain at the United Nations Security Council as the virtual meeting erupted into chaos.
USA and UK officials raised China’s plan to impose new security legislation on Hong Kong at summit, prompting China and Russia to criticise the United States for excessive use of force against black people. The 15-member council informally discussed Hong Kong in a closed virtual meeting after China opposed a US call on Wednesday for a formal open council meeting, arguing that it was not an issue of international peace and security.
US Ambassador Kelly Craft asked: “Are we going to take the honourable stand to defend the human rights and the dignified way of life that millions of Hong Kong citizens have enjoyed and deserve … or are we going to allow the Chinese Communist Party to violate international law and force its will on the people of Hong Kong?”
China’s parliament on Thursday approved a decision to move forward with legislation that democracy activists, diplomats and some in the business world fear will jeopardise Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status and role as a global financial hub.
Acting British UN Ambassador Jonathan Allen said after the council discussion: “This legislation risks curtailing the freedoms that China has undertaken to uphold as a matter of international law.
President Trump: "[China is] considered a developing nation, getting all sorts of benefits that others including the United States are not entitled to." pic.twitter.com/H2ECeuAVEh
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