UK, Australia, Canada concerned about HK autonomy

The foreign ministers of Britain, Australia and Canada have issued a joint statement expressing deep concern about China's plan to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and their Canadian counterpart Francois-Philippe Champagne referred to the China-Britain Joint Declaration. Along with Hong Kong's Basic Law, it guarantees the territory a high degree of autonomy.

They said it "provides that rights and freedoms, including those of the person, of the press, of assembly, of association and others, will be ensured by law in Hong Kong."

The statement said imposing the national security law on the territory "without the direct participation of its people, legislature, or judiciary would clearly undermine the principle of 'One country, Two Systems'."

Separately, a spokesperson for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain expects China to respect Hong Kong's "rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy."