Raab: Chinese “Forced Sterilisation to Reeducation Camps are Reminiscent of Something We Have Not Seen For a Long Time”
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Chinese Ambassador Denies Knowledge of Uyghur Ethnic Cleansing
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Abbott: “Extraordinary” China Criticised Over Hong Kong

Freed from the shackles of Shadow Cabinet scrutiny, Diane Abbott has been able to go completely off the rails. In a Zoom chat last week entitled “Trump’s War on China”, Abbott joined former MP Emma Dent Coad among others to attack Trump and defend China. Abbott claimed that the PM’s Hong Kong citizenship offer is driven by Anti-Chinese views rather than a will to defend Hong Kong; and China can’t be criticised for crushing freedom because Hongkongers couldn’t vote under the British Empire. Forgetting their 1997 rights of independent courts, burgeoning democracy and extensive protections of civil liberties…

Abbott’s assertions weren’t challenged by any of her fellow Chinese Communist Party appeasing comrades, one of whom – Labour NEC member Rachel Garnham – later called for a statue to be erected of the former Shadow Home Secretary. Chairman Abbott laughed along, approving of the cultural revolution. 破四旧.

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Saj Took HSBC Dosh Day After Bank Backed Communist Law

Former cabinet ministers have been landing on their feet, with the latest Register of Interest updates confirming Chris Grayling’s appointment as a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, and showing Theresa May made another £100,000 speech during lockdown. One entry from former Chancellor Sajid Javid caught Guido’s eye, however: a £30,000 speech given to HSBC on the 5th June.

This was the day after HSBC came out publicly for China’s oppressive Hong Kong National Security laws. The day of Sajid’s speech, Tory MPs – including the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Tom Tugendhat – joined the Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy and Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds in taking the bank to task over its support for the national security law. It’s unlikely Sajid missed the news…

When asked whether Sajid took HSBC’s pro-Security Law stance into account before taking the massive speaking fee, a spokesperson said: “HSBC is one of the biggest banks in the UK with millions of British retail and business customers. Sajid spoke to UK customers about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK and global economy.” Javid’s been a vocal defender of Hong Kong’s freedoms. What message does it send taking £30,000 from the bank the day after it endorsed the new oppressive laws?

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Shadow Foreign Secretary Nandy Facing Both Ways on Huawei

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has been making a splash in recent days with a tough line on China. Yesterday, however, she took the unusual step of publicly pouring cold water on the idea that she believed China should be excluded from building the UK’s 5G network. The confusion happened after appearing on John Pienaar’s Times Radio show…

Which is curious, because just one hour earlier, she had  agreed with “No to Chinese involvement in 5G”. Listen along here…

“No to Chinese involvement in 5G, no to Chinese involvement in our nuclear energy infrastructure, and if that means a row with Beijing well then so be it?”

“Yes, but more than that, that we need to have a constructive dialogue with China.”

“This is one moment where the interests of the Chinese Government are directly pitted against the interests not only of the people of Hong Kong but of Britain as well and we have to be absolutely clear that we are going to stand firm in relation to that.”

If you’re going to deny something it’s a good idea to make sure there isn’t a recording of you saying it just an hour earlier. Why the row back?

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Protesters Take to the Streets in Hong Kong in Defiance of China Law

Protesters have bravely taken to the streets today in Hong Kong, despite knowing they could now face life imprisonment for their action. Journalists are being targeted by water cannon, and police are warning people with purple flags saying:

This is a police warning. You are displaying flags or banners / chanting slogans / or conducting yourselves with an intent such as secession or subversion, which may constitute offences under the “HKSAR National Security Law”. You may be arrested and prosecuted.

This is Hong Kong’s last stand. All eyes on Dominic Raab’s statement immediately following PMQs. There is increasing pressure from all sides of the political divide to implement decisive and rapid action to protect the rights of the free people of Hong Kong…

Breaking update: Raab said national security legislation published by China constitutes a “clear violation” of the autonomy of Hong Kong and is a “clear and serious violation” of the joint declaration.

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