Hong Kong’s freedom has ‘disappeared’, Taiwan says on anniversary of handover – National

Freedom in Hong Kong has “gone” and China has not kept its promise of 50 years of no change, Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Friday, marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday sworn in Hong Kong’s new leader, former security chief John Lee, on a rare visit to the global financial hub, who is being sanctioned by the United States for his role in implementing a national security law.

Most people in Chinese-claimed Taiwan have shown no interest in being ruled by Beijing, and the government has repeatedly rejected China’s “one country, two systems” offer to govern the island, as with Hong Kong and Macau.

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Speaking to reporters in Taipei, Su said life would go on as normal for Hong Kong after the handover was not honored.

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“It was only 25 years ago, and in the past the promise was 50 years without change. The ‘dancing will go on and the horses will still walk’ is gone, and even freedom and democracy are gone,” Su added, using a Hong Kong expression of how life would not change under Chinese rule.

“We also know that we must uphold Taiwan’s sovereignty, freedom and democracy,” Su added. “China’s so-called ‘one country, two systems’ simply didn’t stand up to the test.”

Anti-government protests in Hong Kong, followed by a crackdown and enforcement of tough national security law, have been widely condemned in democratic Taiwan. Beijing and the Hong Kong government say the law is necessary to restore stability to the city.

Britain handed Hong Kong back to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula, which guarantees a sweeping autonomy and judicial independence not found in mainland China.

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Critics of the government, including Western nations, accuse the authorities of trampling on those freedoms, which Beijing and Hong Kong deny.

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Hong Kong marks handover to China after start of national security law – June 30, 2020

China has increased its military and political pressure to get Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty. Taiwan’s government says only the people of the island can decide their future.

Later on Friday, Taiwan’s tiny Party for the Promotion of Chinese Unification held a brief rally in front of the Bank of China building in Taipei to celebrate the anniversary, although there were more police officers than party supporters.

They broke up in less than an hour.

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