Political correspondent for the European Union, Nato and the Benelux countries, based in Brussels.F. A. Z.
Winand von Petersdorff-Campen
Economics correspondent in Washington.F. A. Z.
the President of The European Council, Charles Michel, added at a joint news conference: "We regret this decision." Both were, however, open how the EU would react to it. Also, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke up: "It is not obvious that China shares our values." This applies to democracy, freedom and the rule of law.
members of the European Parliament from five political groups established on Tuesday a "monitoring group for Hong Kong". Beijing is in breach of international agreements and should not go unpunished, said the Green politician Reinhard Bütikofer, who organized the group. The European Parliament had called on the EU and its member States, ten days ago, "to consider filing a lawsuit before the International court of justice". The deputies argued that the law against the British-Chinese Declaration on the autonomy of the former colony and the International Covenant violations on civil and political rights. In the basic law of Hong Kong, these rights are explicitly enshrined in the Constitution. The EU should coordinate closely with the United Kingdom, called for the large majority of the Parliament.
Washington repeal the special status of Hong Kong
The American government had already announced on Monday evening, the Export of military equipment and specialized high-technology goods to Hong Kong to severely restrict. In the future, the same rules would apply as for exports to China. The United States was forced to take these measures to defend its national security, said foreign Minister Mike Pompeo. "We can not distinguish between exports to Hong Kong and to China."Updated Date: 30 June 2020, 12:19