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British Prime Minister says China must be bound by the promises made in Hong Kong

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London — Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain would do everything possible to uphold the promise of democratic rights made when Hong Kong was returned to China 25 years ago.

Johnson said China did not follow its commitment to respect the "one country, two systems" agreement agreed under the 1997 agreement that ended British colonial rule. ..

The UK was particularly critical of the National Security Act of 2020 and the election changes it says would erode Hong Kong's freedom and autonomy.

"We cannot avoid the fact that Beijing did not comply with its obligations on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the delivery," Johnson said in a video. Position.

"It is a situation that threatens both the rights and freedoms of Hong Kongers, and the continued progress and prosperity of their homes."

Chinese President Xi Jinping celebrates his anniversary In commemoration, I will leave mainland China for the first time in more than two years and visit Hong Kong.

Chinese officials have previously rejected British criticism, accusing them of avoiding Hong Kong's problems and maintaining colonialist thinking despite delivery.

"Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong and there is no right for external forces to interfere. The UK has no right to sovereignty, governance or supervision after the return of Hong Kong, so-called commitment. It doesn't exist at all, "said Zhao Tateken, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at regular press conferences.

In light of the National Security Act, the UK introduced an immigration route for British national (overseas) passport holders last year, and Johnson applied for 120,000 under a plan by Hong Kongers. Said there was.

"We haven't given up on Hong Kong. Twenty-five years ago, we made a promise to the territory and its people, and we're going to keep it, Johnson said.

He said Britain "will do everything China can to keep its promises and make Hong Kong run again by the people of Hong Kong for the people of Hong Kong." Added. (Reported by Alistair Smout, Eduardo Baptista, Martin Pollard in Beijing, edited by Edmund Blair, Angus MacSwan, Kim Coghill)