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Hong Kong Protests: G7 Countries Take On China, Say 'avoid Violence'

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

The leaders of the G7 have called for calm in protest-hit Hong Kong, reaffirming the existence and significance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984.

The collective decision for Hong Kong was taken by G7 leaders- US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Japan Shinz┼Ź Abe, Emmanuel Macron the French President, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Summit in France this weekend.

"The G7 reaffirms the existence and the importance of the 1984 Sino-British agreement on Hong Kong and calls for avoiding violence," it said.

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China's response

However, in response to the diplomatic setback, Beijing accused the G7 countries of "meddling" in China's internal matter. 

"We express our strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the statement made by the leaders of the G7 Summit on Hong Kong affairs," said foreign ministry spokesperson at a press briefing in Beijing.

The statement added, "We have repeatedly stressed that Hong Kong's affairs are purely China's internal affairs and that no foreign government, organisation or individual has the right to intervene."

China has previously accused former colonial power Britain of interfering in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, which the British handed over to China in 1997.

Hong Kong protests

The protests in Hong Kong have been going on for over 2 months over the Beijing-backed government's attempt to pass an extradition bill. The Bill was seen as a huge smack on Hong Kong's autonomy. 

It has since morphed into a wider call for greater democratic freedoms. 

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China meddling in Kashmir

This move also peels off China's hypocrisy in backing Pakistan against India's internal matter of abrogating Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. 

On August 16, China formally asked for "closed consultations" in the UN Security Council to discuss India revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan, Beijing's closest ally, wrote a letter on the issue to Poland, the Council President for the month of August, a top diplomat said.

Pakistan formally called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi recently said. Despite India maintaining that the abrogation of Article 370 is India's internal matter. 

Instead, the United Nations Meet on Safety of Seligious Minorities in New York slammed Pakistan and China over the abuse of minorities such as Ahmadis, Christians, and Uighur Muslims respectively in these nations. The UN Meet on Safety of Religious Minorities exposed the bigotry and abuse against minorities in of Pakistan and China.

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