“China has ignored its international obligations regarding Hong Kong. This is a grave step, which is deeply troubling.”
But while the UK looks to stand by Hong Kongers, Chinese state-backed media have launched attacks on the British Government.
The Global Times newspaper – known as a mouthpiece for the Communist Party in China – in Beijing published a report this week which claimed the UK wants to maintain “colonial influence” in Hong Kong.
It added: “Chinese analysts said on Monday that the actions of the UK are more of a bluff since they can’t harm China, but will only damage itself.”
The report also quoted an unnamed ‘expert’ who claimed the UK and the US were to blame for tensions in Hong Kong.
The ‘expert’ said: “The UK, as a crucial member of the Five Eyes Alliance, has used its influence in Hong Kong to collect intelligence about China and influence the city’s politics to favour the West after 1997.