UK, US urge protection of freedoms, ‘way of life’ in HK:

Asia Middle East Forum

ritain and the United States have called for Hong Kong’s freedoms and “way of life” to be protected in two separate statements ahead of the 20th anniversary of the city’s “handover” to China.

Hong Kong’s achievements are the result of its high degree of autonomy, its economic and personal freedoms, and its respect for rule of law, the US Department of State said in a statement.

“The United States remains concerned about any infringements of civil liberties in Hong Kong, including intrusions on press freedoms… As Hong Kong looks ahead to its third decade under Chinese sovereignty, we urge the preservation and enhancement of the key values and traditions that had made the city such an enviable success.”

Meanwhile, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, gave a statement that made reference to the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984, in which the principle of “once country, two systems” for a post-handover Hong Kong was enshrined.

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