'The Foreign Secretary said that the United Kingdom would be watching the Hong Kong Legislative Council elections in September closely, and urged China to uphold its global human rights obligations in Xinjiang, ' a foreign office spokesman said following a call between the two.
The formulation and implementation of China's national security legislation for Hong Kong aims to improve the rule of law in Hong Kong, and to ensure the steady and sustained development of "One Country, Two Systems", which is in full compliance with the Constitution and the Basic Law, he said.
Referring to the hackers' penetrating the Hong Kong Study Mission and its Catholic Diocese, the document suggested it could "provide a valuable intelligence source for both monitoring the diocese's relations with the Vatican and its position on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement amidst widespread protests and the recent sweeping Hong Kong national security law".
The Trump administration said Hong Kong would no longer be treated as an autonomous trading area. "We are now (in July) in a worse shape than we were in Q2", said Iris Pang, chief economist for Greater China at ING.
Earlier this month USA lawmakers approved sanctions in response to the law, targeting banks that do business with Chinese officials involved in cracking down on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab says the extradition treaty's been "immediately and indefinitely" halted.
"In light of this, it is important that New Zealand responds proportionately and deliberately to the passage of the national security law". The UK announced its decision last week.
The law punishes what China broadly defines as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison and sees mainland Chinese security agents operating officially in the city for the first time. Elsewhere, souring relations between the USA and China are likely to constrain economic activity in Hong Kong for the foreseeable future.
The law, which was earlier introduced by Beijing, bans all treasonous activities and actions, aimed at dividing the country, on the territory of Hong Kong.
The bloc said it would also hold off from any negotiations with Hong Kong and would bring in measures to support the population by granting visas and scholarships.