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China rejects G7’s request to reconsider Hong Kong security law

G7 nations including Japan had expressed deep concern about China’s plans to impose new security laws in Hong Kong.

China has however strongly objected the interference of G7 in its internal affairs.

“China resolutely opposes the words and deeds of the US side interfering in Hong Kong affairs and resolutely opposes the statement made by the G7 foreign ministers on Hong Kong-related issues,” Senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi said.

In a joint statement on Wednesday, the G7 foreign ministers urged China to reconsider its decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong, expressing “grave concerns” about the law.

“The proposed national security law would risk seriously undermining the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle and the territory’s high degree of autonomy,” the statement read in part.

The new security law is expected to criminalize sedition, secession, and subversion n Hong Kong against the Chinese government. The law will also pave the way for Chinese national security institutions to operate in the city for the first time since 1997, when Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule.

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