Hong Kong residents from all walks of life collect online signatures and hold a gathering on Sunday morning to show their support for the draft bill to safeguard the national security law to be implemented in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The legal agenda was announced on Thursday night. (Photo: cnsphoto)
On May 28, after China's top legislature endorsed a decision to introduce a national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the US, the UK, Australia and Canada issued a statement expressing their "deep concern" over the move. What is notable is that New Zealand, another member of the Five Eyes, did not participate in the statement.
On June 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will take over the EU's rotating six-month presidency in July, said that Germany hopes to maintain dialogue with China and boost cooperation on a broad range of fields and issues, and also stands ready to keep close in communication with China to realize important events on the Germany-China and EU-China agendas.
Even the UK on the one hand appeared to cooperate with the US in sanctioning China as it vowed to extend Hongkongers' visa rights; on the other hand, it tried to avoid China-UK ties from worsening.
The US is losing allies, not only at the governmental level but at the level of popular support, given its recent moves that prioritize US interests, damage international cooperation and hurt allies' interests including withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and World Health Organization, Chinese analysts noted. According to a poll jointly conducted by the US-based think tank Pew Research Center and the Körber Foundation, 64 percent of Germans considered the relationship between the Germany and the US to be bad in 2019.
When asked whether relations with China or the US are more important, only 37 percent picked the US, a 13-point decline from November 2019, while another 36 percent advocated closer ties with China, up from 24 percent, according to the poll.
Traitors deemed to fail
In response to Maas' remarks during the June 3 interview, Wong, in a tweet on Saturday, called on the German government to urge the Chinese government to withdraw the bill "to safeguard HK's freedoms & foreign interests."
"It's time for Wong Chi-fung to stop," former Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said in a Facebook post on Saturday, noting that Mass had made his stance clear enough in the interview.
Chan Yung, a vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, told the media that no country would turn against China in favor of traitors.
"It is a consensus for all sovereign states to resist traitors," Chan said, noting that traitors would come to no good and people like Wong would be no exception.
The US will certainly continue to push its allies to join in sanctioning China over the Hong Kong national security law. But as long as Chinese government explains clearly the law's aim and necessity, more countries would understand that the law is in good for the Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, Tian said.