Hong Kong: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd April 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterparts on reports that statements made by the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council have breached Article 22 of the Hong Kong Basic Law.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Foreign Secretary has not, to date, made representations to the Chinese authorities about the recent comments by the Central Government Liaison Office but officials have expressed concerns on this specific issue to the Chinese authorities in Hong Kong. The British Government remains clear that Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, as provided for in the Sino British Joint Declaration and Basic Law, must be fully respected.

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