As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) pushes political conditions in Hong Kong to erode its autonomy, more countries on the international stage are seeking to support the idea of imposing sanctions on Beijing for not meeting its commitments to Hong Kong.
As suggested by National Public Radio (NPR), the law promoted by the CCP is a direct affront to the political power that rules Hong Kong after it was promised a “high degree of autonomy” for 50 years after the Former British was returned to China in 1997.
According to NPR, policymakers and activists and analysts outside China see the impact that the governments in Washington and Tokyo now back up their words by increasing pressure against the CCP while at the same time trying to help the people of Hong Kong.
In the words of the Republican representative from New Jersey, Chris Smith, “Obviously, more now has to be done that they have pulled the trigger,” arguing that in the current situation with the pressure that the central government is exerting on Hong Kong, “We need to meet this as never before. We didn’t do it after Tiananmen Square.”
Since the idea of implementing a new security law for Hong Kong was announced by the CCP, the United States government continued the process of eliminating the special treatment for the semi-autonomous territory, since with the new security law it is no longer governed by a jurisdiction different from that of other Chinese cities.
Just last Monday the State Department stopped the sale of military equipment and other technologies to Hong Kong, while the Commerce Department recently removed the preferential treatment to the Special Administrative Region, also removing some other exceptions such as the export license.
In addition, the State Department last week announced that new visa restrictions would be imposed on officials responsible for limiting civil liberties in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives passed legislation last Wednesday aimed at sanctioning banks that do business with Chinese officials involved in implementing the new national security law.
The CCP’s actions outside international regulations have also led the European Union to condemn the repressive security law in the Special Administrative Region.
For now, the bloc is in talks with international partners to raise a possible measure in response to the CCP.
“The EU expresses its grave concern at the steps taken by China on 28 May, which are not in conformity with its international commitments,” said EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell.
From the UK has also had its sights set on the vulnerable situation now facing many Hong Kong citizens, so Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a citizenship offer for around 3 million Hong Kongers
According to Johnson, “What has happened in Hong Kong is clearly an unacceptable violation of the letter and spirit of the Joint Declaration of Principles of the Basic Law. It is already having a chilling effect on freedom of expression and civil society in Hong Kong.”
Taiwan also opened a government office in central Taipei on June 30 dedicated to helping people fleeing Hong Kong, reported Reuters, indicating that it is expected to be an opportunity to attract professionals and new capital to the country.