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China rejects Australia’s proposal to provide a safe haven for Hong Kong citizens

China rejects Australia for proposing to provide Hong Kong citizens with a safe haven after Beijing enacts ultra-tough security laws

  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would consider providing a safe haven for Hong Kong nationals
  • The move comes after China has introduced new security laws that criminalize secession
  • The Chinese Foreign Ministry hit back, saying Australia should not interfere
  • United Kingdom opened the way to citizenship for millions of Hong Kong residents

Australia’s plan to consider protecting Hong Kong nationals threatened by draconian security laws has sparked tensions with China.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the cabinet would consider options after the UK opens a path to citizenship for millions of Hong Kong residents.

The new security laws criminalize secession, undermining and collusion with foreign troops.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry hit back and urged Australia to view national security laws in a “correct and objective” light.

Australia's plan to consider protecting Hong Kong nationals threatened by draconian security laws has sparked tensions with China.  Pictured: Riot police are running as protesters march against National Security Law

Australia’s plan to consider protecting Hong Kong nationals threatened by draconian security laws has sparked tensions with China. Pictured: Riot police are running as protesters march against National Security Law

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the cabinet would consider options after the UK opens a path to citizenship for millions of Hong Kong residents

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the cabinet would consider options after the UK opens a path to citizenship for millions of Hong Kong residents

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the cabinet would consider options after the UK opens a path to citizenship for millions of Hong Kong residents

“Stop interfering in China’s internal affairs with Hong Kong as a pretext and don’t go on the wrong path,” spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said Australia has roughly the same perspectives as the UK on Hong Kong.

“We support the ‘one country, two systems’ structure that has been put in place,” he told ABC Television on Friday, referring to the 1997 transfer from the UK to Beijing.

“We want to see respect for the basic law that supports the way Hong Kong works as a unique but very important part of China.”

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has expressed serious concern about the security laws.

“The legislation imposed is a violation of the transfer agreement between Britain and the People’s Republic of China regarding Hong Kong,” he told reporters in southeast NSW.

“It would be one country, two systems. The second system was democracy. Freedom of the press, freedom of association. And those principles are important. ‘

The Chinese Foreign Ministry hit back and urged Australia to view national security laws in a “correct and objective” light. Pictured: A demonstrator is using a sharp object against a police officer trying to detain a man in Hong Kong

Australia can accelerate skilled migrant visas for Hong Kong nationals or provide a safe haven through the refugee program.

Mr Zhao struck Britain on his plan to provide Hong Kong nationals with national overseas national status with a path to citizenship.

“This is a serious violation of his own efforts and a serious violation of international law and the basic standards of international relations,” he said.

“China strongly condemns this and reserves the right to respond, the consequences of which will be for the British side.”

Mr Zhao struck Britain on his plan to provide Hong Kong nationals with national overseas national status with a path to citizenship.  Pictured: protesters place stones on a road during a demonstration against a new national security law

Mr Zhao struck Britain on his plan to provide Hong Kong nationals with national overseas national status with a path to citizenship.  Pictured: protesters place stones on a road during a demonstration against a new national security law

Mr Zhao struck Britain on his plan to provide Hong Kong nationals with national overseas national status with a path to citizenship. Pictured: protesters place stones on a road during a demonstration against a new national security law

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