- Title: UK's Raab rejects China's criticism of 'gross interference'
- Date: 6th July 2020
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 6, 2020) (REUTERS) UK FOREIGN MINISTER, DOMINIC RAAB, ARRIVING FOR INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK FOREIGN MINISTER, DOMINIC RAAB, SAYING: "In relation to the Chinese ambassador's (Liu Xiaoming) comments, this isn't a 'gross interference in domestic affairs'. China freely assumed international obligations to the United Kingdom through the Joint Declaration - which was the treaty between the United Kingdom and China back in 1984 - in relation to the way that it would treat Hong Kong and in particular, respect the autonomy and freedoms and therefore, the important thing here, and it's a matter of trust, and lots of countries around the world are asking this question - does China live up to its international obligations? Because if they can't be trusted to keep their word on Hong Kong, why would they be trusted to live up to their wider international responsibilities?" RAAB SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK FOREIGN MINISTER, DOMINIC RAAB, SAYING: "This is only the first wave, the first tranche of designations, we'll be making others in due course, but I am not going to pre-empt what the decision will be and it will be based on the evidence, and of course, the National Security legislation has only just been enacted. But I think it is important with all of the countries that we want to engage with, that we've got this ability to hold individuals to account for gross human rights abuses." RAAB LEAVING AFTER INTERVIEW
- Embargoed: 20th July 2020 18:47
- Keywords: China Dominic Raab Hong Kong Liu Xiaoming National Security Law UK
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLO9RNR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab rejected on Monday (July 6) China's accusation that Britain had indulged in "gross interference" over Beijing's imposition of new security legislation in Hong Kong.
"This isn't a gross interference in domestic affairs," Raab told Reuters in an interview.
"It's a matter of trust and lots of countries around the world are asking this question: does China live up to its international obligations?"
Earlier on Monday, China's ambassador to London accused Britain of making unwarranted accusations about the new security legislation in Hong Kong which he said could damage future Chinese investment.
"The UK government keeps making irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs," Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told reporters in the strongest rebuke Beijing has issued to London since Britain criticised the security law.
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