EU ‘deplores’ China’s national security law for Hong Kong, discussing next steps

BRUSSELS — The European Union expressed anger on Tuesday at a decision by China’s parliament to pass national security legislation for the former British colony of Hong Kong despite an international outcry.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula with guarantees of freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.

“We deplore the decision,” EU Council President Charles Michel told a news conference following a video summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

“This law risks seriously undermining the high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong and having a detrimental effect on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law,” he said.

The EU has warned of serious consequences over China’s security law for Hong Kong, which democracy activists, diplomats and some businesses say will jeopardize its semi-autonomous status and its role as a global financial hub.

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