Beijing’s propaganda outlet The Global Times accused London of being “narcissistic” in its views towards the former British colony. It claimed that Hong Kong “suffered from British bullying” under UK rule and now “enjoys a high degree of autonomy” because of the Communist Party. The scathing attack came in May as Beijing planned to enforce new extradition laws in Hong Kong, giving the Communist Party power to make people in the territory stand trial in mainland China. The Global Times said: “Hong Kong is one of the few places where Britain can narcissistically show off its position as a former overlord state.
“Under British rule, Hongkongers could not enjoy equal citizenship and equal participation in politics, and they just suffered from British bullying.”
The author of the opinion piece urged Britain to worry about its coronavirus crisis instead of Hong Kong.
In 1997, the UK handed ownership of Hong Kong to China in a deal that saw the thriving region change hands but maintain its own autonomy.
The deal was intended to restrict China’s influence over the former British territory and ensure Hong Kong control its own legislative arrangements, have its own free and independent elections while Beijing controlled foreign policy and basic law.
Intended to last for at least 50 years, the deal was also known as ‘one country-two systems’, and granted Hong Kong freedom not experienced by other major cities in China.
As has become clear as protests brought Hong Kong to standstill last year, the deal has since been resisted by China with Xi Jinping’s rise to power proving to be the major catalyst.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said China’s passing of the controversial law in Hong Kong is “a grave step”.
He said: “Despite the urging of the international community, Beijing has chosen not to step back from imposing this legislation.
“China has ignored its international obligations regarding Hong Kong. This is a grave step, which is deeply troubling.”
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The ‘expert’ said: “The UK, as a crucial member of the Five Eyes Alliance, has used its influence in Hong Kong to collect intelligence about China and influence the city’s politics to favour the West after 1997.
“But given excessive provocation against China led by the US since last year, China has decided not to tolerate their inappropriate influence anymore.
“So the Johnson administration will definitely feel the pain and will act echoing angry conservative politicians in Britain.”