Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde on developments in Hong Kong
Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde regrets China’s decision to impose a national security law in Hong Kong and takes a very serious view of this decision.
The decision is in violation of China’s international obligations, as the declaration by the EU of 29 May also pointed out.
These issues should be dealt with by Hong Kong within the framework of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which provides for Hong Kong making its own laws in the area.
Sweden and the rest of the EU support the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle to preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy with an independent political and judicial system in accordance with Hong Kong’s Basic Law.
Sweden and the EU have expressed our views to the Chinese authorities on several occasions.
The EU was able to raise the issue of Hong Kong directly with China’s highest leaders at the EU-China summit on 22 June, which was very valuable.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs is following the serious developments closely and is pushing for continued and clear joint EU action.