Seven former foreign secretaries in the UK have urged Boris Johnson to form a global alliance to organize a response to the China-Hong Kong crisis.
China faces criticism of a planned security law for Hong Kong that would constitute a crime to undermine Beijing’s authority.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the UK will not be a blind eye.
Hong Kong’s autonomy is guaranteed by a 1997 agreement in which it is restored to China from the UK.
The former British colony is enjoying some independence not seen in mainland China.
But fears of the proposed law, sparking many anti-mainland protests in Hong Kong, could end its unique status.
In a letter to the prime minister, the cross-party group of former cabinet ministers said the UK government should be seen to lead the global response, as many countries took their cues from Britain to the former colony. its.
Jeremy Hunt, David Miliband, Jack Straw, William Hague, Malcolm Rifkind, David Owen and Margaret Beckett have all expressed concern over what they call “flagrant violations” of Sino-British treaties by imposing tough nationalist Hong Kong security law.
They urged Mr. Johnson to set up an “international contact group” of the Allies to organize any joint action, similar to the one set up in 1994 to try to end the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
A Downing Street spokesman asserted that the government was playing a leading role in international partners in prompting China to rethink.
Mr. Raab said the new security law “clearly violates” the autonomy guaranteed under Chinese law as well as the 1997 agreement.
He confirmed that the UK would allow British National (Overseas) passport holders to come to the UK and apply to study and work for a 12-month period.
This in turn will “provide a path to citizenship”, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
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Mr. Raab said up to three million people registered as a British national (overseas) in Hong Kong could be eligible for UK citizenship if China presses the law early.
Meanwhile, Commons foreign affairs committee chairman Tom Tugendhat, said the government should remember that China has a “very, very authoritarian system of government” and should rethink cooperation between the two.