Beijing has fired again at issues over latest elections in Hong Kong voiced by the 5 Eyes nations, the EU and the G7. It insists the West is utilizing ‘democracy’ as a pretext to intervene in its inner affairs.
The sharp retort got here on Monday courtesy of Zhao Lijian, the spokesperson for China’s Overseas Ministry. Reacting to claims that Beijing had undermined Hong Kong’s democratic electoral system with its overhaul in March, the official stated the West didn’t, the truth is, care about democracy in China’s particular administrative area, however was relatively simply utilizing it as a pretext to “intervene in Hong Kong’s politics and China’s inner affairs” on the whole.
Zhao known as on these nations criticizing the Hong Kong elections to “look within the mirror,” as they themselves weren’t precisely the “high college students within the democracy classroom, and … positively not certified to be academics,” he stated. He concluded by advising China’s critics to “deal with their very own home first,” pointing to “failures within the battle towards Covid, … political polarization, [and] racial discrimination.”
A senior official within the Chinese language authorities’s consultant workplace in Hong Kong additionally hit out at claims by the 5 Eyes nations – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US – that democracy in Hong Kong was being “eroded.” He known as the criticism a “political farce” and added that the “days when international forces might use their political brokers to intervene in Hong Kong affairs are over.”
The Hong Kong authorities issued a press release on Tuesday through which they dismissed latest Western allegations as baseless and hailed Sunday’s common election within the territory as a “success.”
China’s embassy in Australia additionally launched a press release, through which it described the electoral course of as having been “truthful, equitable [and] open,” and asserted that “Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong.”
Professional-Beijing candidates loved a landslide victory, netting greater than 90% of the seats within the native legislature. Nonetheless, the turnout was comparatively low, with solely 30.2% of residents casting their ballots. China carried out a serious overhaul of the Hong Kong electoral system in March, which, amongst different issues, launched a vetting process, with solely “patriots” allowed to face for public workplace.
On Monday, the international ministers of the 5 Eyes’ group of countries denounced Beijing’s strain on Hong Kong’s electoral course of, which they stated had “eradicated any significant political opposition.” The EU and G7 nations joined the refrain, calling on China to place an finish to the “unwarranted oppression of those that promote democratic values and the protection of rights and freedoms.”
Hong Kong was a British colony earlier than it was ceded again to China in 1997 provided that it will retain broad autonomy and revel in sure freedoms till 2050.