China has warned that the UK will “bear the consequences” if it keeps going “down the wrong road” in Hong Kong.
The UK has suspended an extradition treaty with Hong Kong over the controversial security law.
The Chinese ambassador in London said in response that the UK had “blatantly interfered” in China’s matters.
Liu Xiaoming said: “China has never interfered in UK’s internal affairs. The UK should do the same in China.”
Ambassador Liu said in a tweet that the UK had “contravened international law and the basic norms governing international relations” with the move.
The UK blatantly interfered in China’s internal affairs and contravened international law and the basic norms governing international relations. China has never interfered in UK’s internal affairs. The UK should do the same to China. Otherwise it must bear the consequences. https://t.co/3W8D6Zvjy0
— Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) July 20, 2020
A statement published on the Chinese Embassy’s website said: “China urges the UK side to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs, which are China’s internal affairs, in any form.
“The UK will bear the consequences if it insists on going down the wrong road.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused China of “gross and egregious” human rights abuses against its Uighur population. He said sanctions against those responsible cannot be lifted.
“I would just say this: the UK is watching and the whole world is watching,” he said.
The announcement comes after the UK decides to ban Chinese company Huawei from its 5G network.
China has accused the UK of interfering in its internal matters.
According to the international news agency, if someone in Hong Kong is suspected of a crime in the UK, then the British authorities can ask Hong Kong to hand them over to face justice – and vice versa. The extradition treaty is based on this rule.