China’s furore over the Hong Kong issue can be understood by its latest threatening statement. China has threatened the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to take its eyes out of criticism of its policy on Hong Kong.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian was reacting to the statement issued on Hong Kong by the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. These five countries have united for intelligence partnership, which are called ‘Five Eyes’.
Lian said, “It doesn’t matter whether they have five eyes or 10 eyes, if they hurt China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, they should know that their eyes will be blown off.”
Significantly, this week, the foreign ministers of these five countries, including Australia and the US, had said that the rules introduced by China to disqualify pro-democracy lawmakers in the new government’s new preamble are used to set off critics’ tongues. Huh. A joint statement criticizing China, meanwhile, said it described China as a violation of its international obligations and its promise to provide high-level autonomy and freedom of expression to Hong Kong.
Significantly, the UK ceded Hong Kong with a population of about 7.5 million to China under an agreement in 1997, but the agreement stipulated that after 50 years Hong Kong would be given autonomy in local affairs.