Hong Kong National Security Legislation: UK Response

Part of Speaker’s Statement – in the House of Commons at 11:41 am on 2nd June 2020.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Conservative, North Somerset 11:41 am, 2nd June 2020

I welcome very much my right hon. Friend’s statement. Does he agree that China itself is now at a crossroads? It can either be a partner in the international community, which is what we want to see, or take the path to becoming a pariah state with disputes in the South China sea, at the World Trade Organisation and a lack of co-operation with the World Health Organisation over covid. Does he agree that if the Chinese Communist party applies these laws to Hong Kong in clear breach of previous commitments, the world will start to wonder what the value is of a Chinese signature on an international treaty? That would have profound international consequences.