NEW YORK — The U.S., Australia, the U.K. and Canada expressed “deep concern” on Thursday over Beijing’s approval of a national security law on Hong Kong, seen as a major erosion to the city’s autonomy from the mainland.
“Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom,” a joint statement said. “The international community has a significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.”
The countries said the national security law “lies in direct conflict with its international obligations under the principles of the legally binding, U.N.-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration.”
“The proposed law would undermine the ‘one country,