Hong Kong: Official Visits

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 22 May 2024.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Minister for Asia’s recent visit to Hong Kong and what they believe it achieved.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

In line with the Government's "protect, align, and engage" approach to China, as set out in the Integrated Review Refresh, the Minister for the Indo-Pacific raised a number of issues important to the UK national interest with Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Christopher Hui during her visit to Hong Kong in April. This included the prosecution of British national Jimmy Lai, the enactment of further national security legislation (Article 23), and concerns over transnational repression against BN(O)s in the UK. Issues of mutual and global interest were also discussed, alongside areas of disagreement or concern.

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