12th November 2020 – (Hong Kong) Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, François-Philippe Champagne condemned China for disqualifying the 4 pro-democracy Legislative Councillors. He said that China is flouting its international obligations with its latest move to quash dissent in Hong Kong. He accused China’s actions of further damaging Hong Kong’s autonomy, freedom of speech, and the space for public comment on governance. He also said that China ignored the Basic Law and the high degree of autonomy promised under the “One Country, Two Systems” framework. He was disappointed that China had violated its international obligations and pointed out that Canada would continue to stand with Hong Kong people.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for German Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned in the statement that Hong Kong people have the right to free and fair elections, as well as the freedoms and rights guaranteed by the Basic Law. These freedoms and rights must be respected, and the high degree of autonomy enjoyed by Hong Kong must also be preserved. It also means that China has made international commitments in this regard. The statement did not mention any follow-up actions or consequences for Germany, such as summoning a Chinese ambassador or imposing sanctions on China.
In addition to Germany and Canada, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said earlier that the disqualification of Legislative Council members violated the autonomy and freedom of Hong Kong as promised in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
Nevertheless, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China firmly supports the SAR government in performing its duties in accordance with the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.