EU urges China to respect Hong Kong autonomy
After consulting EU capitals, Brussels’ diplomatic chief Josep Borrell issued a statement calling for “the preservation of Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy”.
“The European Union has a strong stake in the continued stability and prosperity of Hong Kong under the ‘One Country Two Systems’ principle,” Borrell said.
“It attaches great importance to the preservation of Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, in line with the Basic Law and with international commitments,” he added.
Borrell warned that the European Union will also “continue to follow developments closely”.
“The EU considers that democratic debate, consultation of key stakeholders, and respect for protected rights and freedoms in Hong Kong would represent the best way of proceeding with the adoption of national security legislation,” he said.