“China has freely made international commitments to the United Kingdom … regarding the way it would treat Hong Kong and, in particular, respect autonomy and freedoms,” said Raab. “It is a matter of trust, and many countries around the world ask this question: will China meet its international obligations? If they cannot be trusted to keep their word about Hong Kong, why should they be trusted?” to meet their broader international responsibilities. “
Raab’s comments come after China’s UK ambassador, Liu Xiaoming, accused the UK of “gross interference” in China’s domestic affairs by commenting on the new national security law in Hong Kong.
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This law got new teeth on Monday when the Hong Kong government unveiled new “regulatory enforcement provisions” that drastically expanded police powers to search and order potentially illegal material online so that it could be deleted for “punishment.” to prevent, suppress and impose on everyone “actions and activities that endanger national security. ”
Under the new laws, which have been passed without consulting the city parliament, the police can, under special circumstances, search properties without a warrant, freeze assets, intercept communications, and require Internet service providers to remove information.
Raab spoke in the House of Commons after adopting Magnitsky-style sanctions against overseas officials accused of human rights violations and equity crimes and was asked if he wanted to take action against China under the new law.
“I’m not going to pre-judge any more labels now,” he said. “But we’re already working on what the next wave could be.”
Raab announced the new rules in the House of Commons on Monday, along with details of the first wave of sanctions, which included 25 Russian nationals “involved in the abuse and death of auditor Sergei Magnitsky,” and 20 Saudi nationals involved in the Murder journalists involved are Jamal Khashoggi.
Raab said it was the first time that there was a “UK-only regime” and added that it gave the country “the power to sanction those involved in the worst human rights violations around the world.” “.
“This extends beyond government officials to non-state actors, so if you’re a kleptocrat or an organized criminal, you can’t wash your blood money in that country.”
Also included in the first wave of sanctions are two “high ranking Myanmar military generals involved in the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities” and “two organizations involved in forced labor, torture and murder” in North Korea’s gulags “, says a written statement by the Federal Foreign Office.
Raab said the new legislation would send a clear message that “the thugs of the despots” and “the henchmen of the dictators” were no longer welcome in Britain. “(They) will not be free to roll into this country and buy real estate on Kings Road, do their Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge, or frankly suck out dirty money through British banks or other financial institutions,” added Raab.