UPDATED 2:52 PM PT — Friday, May 29, 2020
Chinese officials recently slammed the U.S. for urging the United Nations to involve themselves in Hong Kong affairs. On Friday, Chinese officials denounced the United States’ request for a UN Security Council meeting, which would focus on the new security law in Hong Kong, and threatened retaliation if they continue.
According to China, the U.S. is undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and shouldn’t be involving itself in their domestic affairs.
The communist country recently passed a new security law in Hong Kong, which has threatened the freedoms of the democratic city.
“The U.S. has asked the UN to discuss Hong Kong affairs, which is publicly interfering in China’s domestic affairs and damaging the principles of international relations. China, of course, opposes this. Their plan won’t succeed, the UN isn’t a tool that they can play. China and other countries who uphold justice won’t allow the U.S. to blackmail the UN for its own purposes.” – Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson
Several nations have expressed concern over the new security law. The UN has said it conflicts with international obligations under the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration.