The European Parliament on Thursday issued a joint motion calling for a resolution over Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill.
The motion, endorsed by 85 members of the parliament, condemned the constant and increasing interference by China in Hong Kong, as well as China’s description of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration as an invalid historic document.
The parliament also proposed prohibiting the sale of riot control gear to the Hong Kong police force and called for the release of peaceful protesters who have been detained for exercising their freedom of expression.
“They stress that the EU shares many of the concerns raised by the citizens of Hong Kong, since the bill has far-reaching consequences for the territory and its people, for the EU and for foreign citizens, as well as for business confidence in Hong Kong,” the statement said.
Reinhard Butikofer, a German senator, said the European Union must assist Hong Kong in defending the city’s civil and basic human rights. The motion also requested member nations to set up roadblocks to prevent China and Hong Kong from gaining technologies that violate human rights.
However Lu Kang, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, argued that the European Parliament should respect China’s sovereignty and not meddle in China’s affairs. Lu also criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments regarding the joint declaration and said he hoped Britain would “wake up.”
“The motion ignores the facts and confuses right from wrong,” the ministry’s commissioner’s office in Hong Kong said in a statement.
“It is full of ignorance, prejudice and double standard hypocrisy. It is pointing fingers and making orders at the SAR [special administrative region] government and the central government’s Hong Kong policies.
“Their ignorance and attitude have left people speechless with astonishment and horror. The Chinese side strongly condemns this and expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition.”
He also pointed out that the people of Hong Kong have enjoyed an unprecedented set of rights and freedom in China and berated the European Parliament for “supporting violent individuals who have disrupted the order of Hong Kong.”