Hong Kong: 'Eyes will be plucked out,' China warns West

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing

It's main objective is the sharing of intelligence information between parties.

"No matter if they have five eyes or 10 eyes, if they dare to harm China's sovereignty, security and development interests, they should beware of their eyes being poked and blinded", he said at a daily briefing.

Earlier, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong said any attempt by foreign states to threaten or pressure Beijing to make concessions was "doomed to fail".

The four individuals were expelled as a result of a new law issued by Beijing stating that Hong Kong must now be "governed by patriots".

He called on relevant countries to face up to the fact that Hong Kong has returned to China, abandon double standards, earnestly respect China's sovereignty, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs and China's other internal affairs in any form. They had remained in office because elections were postponed for one year.

Earlier this year, Liu Yuyin, a spokesperson for China's Mission to the UN, told counterparts at the UN Human Rights Council that the highly-criticized national security laws were not imposed to silence dissent, but rather to clamp down on terrorism, as protests in the city escalated to levels considered by Beiging to present a threat national to security.

In its joint statement on the matter, the Five Eyes alliance stated that the actions by Beijing were a "clear breach" of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a treaty signed by both China and the United Kingdom that established the "one country, two system" principle, expected to expire in 2047.

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China, for its part, insists the revocation of Hong Kong's autonomy remains in line with the "One Country, Two Systems" premise and represents an improvement on the arrangement. With the national security law in place and the indefinite suspension of local elections, Hong Kong's autonomy is effectively moribund.

The statement called the imposition of the National Security Law and the postponement of Legislative Council elections a "clear breach of its worldwide obligations" and a decision that "further undermines Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and rights and freedoms".

"We are deeply concerned by recent developments there, including China's passing of national security legislation for Hong Kong and recent arrests of, and disqualification of, elected Legislative Council lawmakers", Mahuta said.

Britain has repeatedly accused the Chinese government of breaking the promises it made under the terms of the handover of Hong Kong in 1997.

Zhao further noted that most countries expect civil servants to uphold existing law and pledge loyalty to the nation: "Civil servants must uphold their country's constitutional laws and honor the pledge of allegiance to the motherland, which is the basic political ethics in all countries, right?"

The UK and its four allies voiced "serious concern" at China's new rules.

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