British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned as unacceptable the repression of Hong Kong promoted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and said he would review the contract for the installation of the 5G network agreed with Huawei, a company linked to it.
“But what’s happened in Hong Kong is plainly an unacceptable breach of the letter and the spirit of the Joint Declaration of principles of the basic law. It’s already having a chilling effect on free speech and civil society in Hong Kong,” Johnson said in an interview with the British Evening Standard on July 2.
Regarding the contract with Huawei, he said he is being careful that his country’s infrastructure will not be controlled by hostile governments.
“But I don’t want to see our critical national infrastructure at risk of being in any way controlled by potentially hostile state vendors. So, we have to think very carefully about how to proceed now,” he added.
In solidarity with Hong Kongers, Johnson offered residency to about 3 million, which immediately generated a protest from the CCP.
“We firmly oppose this and reserve the right to take corresponding measures” the CCP Embassy in London responded.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the agreement with Huawei that was granted a 35% stake in the installation of the British 5G network, was “under review.”
In support of Hong Kong’s rights, British Housing Minister Simon Clarke expressed the great value of “the flame of freedom.”
“The flame of freedom is very valuable and we made assurances to these people when we left Hong Kong and therefore we will do whatever is within our power to ensure that this is maintained,” Clarke said according to Taiwan News.
Australia has also shown broad support for Hong Kong in its struggle for freedom and is considering welcoming Hong Kongers to the UK.
For example, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is considering offering “safe haven visas” to Hong Kong residents who may be in danger because of the controversial security law passed by the CCP.
Although the CCP committed itself, through an international treaty, to respect the autonomy rights enjoyed by Hong Kongers as a former British colony, it passed a law that violates those rights and makes them subject to the provisions of the CCP.
This violation by the CCP has generated great international rejection and forced several of Hong Kong’s residents to immigrate to Taiwan, in order to manage the defense of their democratic rights from there.
On July 1, Hong Kong police arrested hundreds of demonstrators who were speaking out against the controversial security law in the area administered by the CCP.
The telecommunications company Huawei has aroused the mistrust of several countries because of its dependence on Beijing, which would threaten the countries national security because of the espionage that could result from this relationship.