The former governor of Hong Kong says that the right of Europe to be viewed as a serious world force is at risk.
After the latest crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong, the last British Governor of Hong Kong called on the EU not to continue with an economic agreement with China. Fifty-three people have been arrested for ‘subversion,’ leading Lord Patten to warn the EU that if it continues with the draft investment agreement, it will lose its right to be regarded as a serious world economic and political force. The European Parliament still has to ratify the draft, and Germany, the key supporter of the deal, would be under immense pressure to justify stronger economic relations. “In remarks to be heard in Germany, Patten said, “It is worthwhile for all European politicians, wherever they come from, to note that the Jewish community around the world has spoken openly about Xinjiang, and in particular has drawn attention to the parallels between what is happening in this area
It is inconceivable that the European Parliament will accept the miserable draft agreement with Beijing that the European Commission wants to sign. At a time when [new]President [Joe] Biden would try to create an international alliance of liberal democracies to deal with the tyrannical boorish behavior and attack our international laws by the Chinese Communiqué, it is a huge strategic mistake “We are currently analyzing the situation to see how we may need to respond. We call for the immediate release of those arrested,” EU Commission spokesman Peter Stano told reporters. Lisa Nandy, the Labour opposition foreign affairs spokesperson, called on the British government to make a statement on the arrests. “Democracy is being dismantled in Hong Kong,” she said. “China is undermining the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Basic Law [Hong Kong’s mini-constitution] and continues to disregard its obligations under the Joint Declaration,” The U.K. Chairman. The EU was also questioned by the Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Tugendhat, saying “Norbert Röttgen, candidate for the German CDU presidency and possible successor to Angela Merkel, said the EU cannot ignore China’s methods, including breach of treaty and repression.Leading members of the European Parliament demanded a response from the Commission, including a credible explanation of how commitments made by China in the investment agreement can be monitored and enforced. Sabine Weyand, the lead EU commissioner behind the agreement, had defended it just 24 hours earlier, saying among other things that the EU was being asked to apply moral standards to its economic relations that are not required of other blocs or countries. She said the EU had used its negotiating leverage to obtain ” “The mass detention in Hong Kong comes as a deep shock to all who value freedom. “Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the Australian government was worried about developments and was tracking them. US. U.S. Democratic Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks said, “Beijing’s national security law is being used to ruthlessly crack down on Hong Kongers – last week by sentencing democracy activists, this week by arresting dozens of pro-democracy politicians for their participation in last year’s LegCo [legislative session]primaries. “Additional reporting by Helen Davids.