KOLKATA (India) — China has strongly criticized Western nations that have opposed the recent resolution passed by China which is being seen as a stampede to the least remains of dissent in Hong Kong.
In an extremely strongly worded statement, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing that ‘eyes will be plucked out’ if the Five Eyes alliance poke nose in the Hong Kong affair.
The US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand form the Five Eyes alliance that is an intelligence association formed by these five nations in 1941. It was initially made to monitor USSR and its allies.
The Five Eyes accused China of “a clear breach of its international obligations under the legally binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration,” — a fact China has denied.
“For the sake of Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity, it is essential that China and the Hong Kong authorities respect the channels for the people of Hong Kong to express their legitimate concerns and opinions,” the five nations said.
They also accuse China over human rights violation in several instances, something that also China has strongly rebuked.
“The Chinese never make trouble and are never afraid of anything. They should be careful or their eyes will be plucked out,” Lujan was quoted as saying to the reporters in the Chinese capital.
London said it would consider individual sanctions against China’s decision earlier this month, after China passed the powerful resolution to squelch dissent, alleging that the People’s Republic has once again broken a bilateral treaty.
China meanwhile accuses the five-county alliance of bypassing the original intent of sharing intelligence and bull-horning what China says the US’s anti-China rhetoric.
“The Five Eyes is more like a criminal gang in which the US calls the tune and its pawns go fight for it or applaud it. The “little brothers” dare not poke the bubble even if what Washington demands is unreasonable. As time goes by, this has become the “political correctness” in the group,” a Global Times editorial read, which is a mouthpiece of the People’s Republic of China.
The editorial also slammed Australia for being influenced by Washington, and that owing to the Western influence, good Sino-Australian relations have deteriorated.
As a special administrative region of China, Hong Kong was supposed to have freedom of free speech, opposition lawmakers, own legal system, and other allowances, traditionally associated with democracy.
But a far-reaching and sweeping security law passed in July 2020 by the People’s Republic of China sought to crush these rights originally ensured to the people of Hong Kong.
It criminalized what China says is: “secession, subversion, and collusion with foreign forces”. Beijing says the law will bring back stability in the region after years of growing pro-democracy movement.
For two months, Hong Kong encountered historic furor among the Hong Kong public demanding democratic governance. And China had to take control, which it did by amending the Hong Kong Security Law.
Now, in November 2020, the resolution made four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers — Dennis Kwok Wing-hang, Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki, and Kenneth Leung Kai-Cheong, whom China brands as ‘unpatriotic’ to resign immediately, which was followed by the rest of the Democrats who said would hand their resignation soon.
For the first time since the UK handed-over Hong Kong to China, the region’s political scene stood quiet without any voices in the dissent.
China said the en masse resignation was ‘ridiculous’ and it was “an unreasonable and malicious act of political confrontation that runs counter to the spirit of the law.”
“The Hong Kong opposition should do what Chinese people should do. If they resist Hong Kong’s return, they’d better migrate to the Western countries they worship,” a Global Times editorial read.