China warns West saying ‘eyes will be plucked out’

China has strongly rebuked the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada after being accused of a concerted effort to silence critics in Hong Kong.

The countries, which form the Five Eyes alliance, criticised China’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong.

They urged Beijing to reverse course.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned countries to stay out of China’s affairs saying: “They should be careful or their eyes will be plucked out.”

“The Chinese never make trouble and are never afraid of anything,” Zhao Lijian told journalists in Beijing on Thursday, saying it did not “matter if they had five or 10 eyes”.

Last week, Hong Kong expelled four pro-democracy lawmakers from its legislature after Beijing passed a resolution allowing the city’s government to dismiss politicians deemed a threat to national security.

In response, all of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers announced their resignation. For the first time since the UK handed the territory back to China in 1997, the body has almost no dissenting voices.

The dismissal of the four lawmakers was viewed by many as the latest attempt by China to restrict Hong Kong’s freedoms, something Beijing denies.

Foreign ministers from the Five Eyes group urged China to reinstate them, saying the move was a clear breach of Beijing’s legally binding commitments to protect the territory’s freedoms and autonomy.

They also accused Beijing of undermining the rights of people in Hong Kong to elect their representatives.

Five Eyes is an intelligence-sharing alliance of the five Anglophone countries set up during the Cold War and initially developed to monitor the USSR and its allies.

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”.

Hong Kong was returned to China under the “one country, two systems” principle, which allowed it to retain more rights and freedoms than the mainland until 2047.

As a Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong was to have its own legal system, multiple political parties, and rights including freedom of assembly and free speech.

But in late June China passed a controversial, far-reaching national security law in the territory after years of pro-democracy and anti-Beijing protests, which reduced Hong Kong’s autonomy and made it easier to punish demonstrators. It criminalises “secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces”.

Beijing says the law will return stability to the territory, but western governments and human rights groups say it effectively curtails freedom of speech and protest. After the law was introduced, a number of pro-democracy groups disbanded out of fears for their safety.

Earlier this month, a reporter who helped investigate suspected police involvement in a violent attack on protesters last year was arrested, in what journalists said was a tactic to discourage reporting.

In response to the security law, the UK offered Hong Kong residents still holding British National Overseas (BNO) status a route to British citizenship.

Around 300,000 people currently hold BNO passports, while an estimated 2.9 million people born before the handover are eligible for one. China last month strongly criticised the UK in response, telling London to “immediately correct its mistakes”. (Courtesy BBC)

1 COMMENT

  1. Why do I believe a war between the US and China inevitable?

    The West is extremely clever and very sophisticated in dividing and conquering others. I have seen it in my own personal life as a writer in Australia. China is very much lack in this particular strategy and losing its allies. The average young Chinese people hardly know anything about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s struggles, Australia’s war crimes, and Julian Assange’s imprisonment as a journalist. Clearly, China has failed to enhance the knowledge to its people as well as in other parts of Asia. This makes it easier for the West to divide and conquer. The Asian leaders have chosen their own fate when they decide to ignore the hardships of Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and me.

    The Australian Government deleted my citizenship and brought me to the street for making awareness of the Australian Aboriginal people’s hardships. Not only they done such cruel things but managed to isolate such a way I couldn’t even find a lawyer to defend my case. Also, the Australian Government managed to hoodwink billions of Asians, so they would not believe my struggles as a writer in Australia. The Australian leaders have been indulging extraordinary power and intoxicate in absolute authority. This shows the mindset of the Western leaders and the powers they enjoy. They will never ever allow China to become the world’s dominant power.

    The West will continue to expand its allies. Eventually, start a war. If there is a war, between the West and China, Australia will pay a high price; because of its racist ideology and closer to China. Both sides will have huge casualties. Human evolution not always happens through education and knowledge. Wars play a huge role to make people evolve. Eventually, Australians and Asians will evolve and become better human beings through suffering. Americans will continue to dominate the world at the cost of Australians. Surely, this is what the Australian political elites want. There are enough hardcore Australian leaders who are happy to kill innocent Australians to maintain white supremacy.

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