China today accused Britain of harboring “wanted criminals” after leading Hong Kong pro-democracy Nathan Law.
London and Beijing are bitterly over Hong Kong’s fate, accusing China of fulfilling its promise to maintain major independence in the former colonial region for 50 years after London.
The law states that he was granted asylum in Britain after fleeing the semi-autonomous region after enforcing China’s security laws on Wednesday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, “Britain is clearly a platform for Hong Kong’s independence agitators, and provides so-called asylum for wanted criminals.”
Describing the law as a “criminal suspicion”, Zhao called the move a “gross interference” in Hong Kong’s judiciary.
“The UK should rectify its mistake immediately and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs,” he said.
The 27-year-old former Hong Kong legalist and student activist fled the UK in July 2020, after pro-democracy protesters opposed the national security law.
Law wrote on Twitter that he was granted asylum in Britain after several interviews over a period of four months.
“The fact that I was wanted under the National Security Act suggests that I am exposed to severe political persecution and is unlikely to return to Hong Kong without risk,” he wrote.
The activist highlighted the plight of other asylum seekers from Hong Kong to the UK, whose evidence behind the claims may not bear a similar weight.
“I hope that my case can help the Home Office understand the complex situation in Hong Kong.
“To free more protesters from authoritarian persecution of Beijing, the Home Office may consider more extensive evidence,” he said.
Champion of democracy
The fate of the law and the fate of potentially millions of Hong Kong who offered Britain a way to escape China’s rift has become the point of a bitter diplomatic dispute between Beijing and London that led to the ex-colonial territory in 1997 Was quoted.
China said that earlier this year it would not recognize a British National (Overseas) passport for Hong Kong because a route for full citizenship of the UK was offered under a new visa scheme introduced in January in the region. want to leave.
Beijing and London have also disagreed in recent weeks over nine people with Chinese sanctions and disagreements against four UK entities, speaking out in defense of China’s Uygar Muslim minority.
Last year Britain protested on prison terms to three prominent activists of the pro-democracy party Democisto, which the law rejected.
On the same day, China’s new security law was implemented in Hong Kong.
In exile, the law has continued the cause of pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong on social media.
Last month, he stressed the mass trials of activists in Hong Kong, stating that he showed “the Chinese Communist Party nakedly abuses its powers and uses the courts to demonstrate that power”.