China's diplomatic challenges – Prensa Latina

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By Yolaidy Martínez Beijing, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) China faces growing challenges in its relations with the United States and the West leading it to stand in defense of its sovereignty, without abandoning its commitment to negotiations and cooperation as the best remedy to any difference.
In this context, there are disagreements due to the interference of various governments in Hong Kong affairs, mainly after the entry into force in July of a law to strengthen national security there.

The regulation seeks to neutralize the organization and execution of acts of terrorism, secession, subversion of the power of the State and foreign interference.

It also aims to ensure better conditions for local development without affecting the rights and freedoms of the population or the interests of foreign investors in accordance with the law.

Since the presentation of the legal tool in Parliament at the end of last May there have been reactions inside and outside China, some of support for the right of the Asian nation to protect its authority over the special administrative region, while others were against and were accompanied punitive measures.

The United States, for example, ceased the preferential status of Hong Kong and changed the bilateral agreements that allowed to abolish visas, maintain a currency indexed to the dollar and policies favorable to business, tariffs and trade protections.

Meanwhile, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and now France unilaterally and immediately interrupted their respective extradition treaties with the so-called Pearl of the Orient.

Even Ottawa and London stopped the export of military equipment considered sensitive, and the British Executive went further by announcing a plan to welcome and benefit thousands of British Overseas Passport holders with a residence permit.

In response, China announced in recent days the suspension of the aforementioned extradition treaty pacts between Hong Kong and all those powers, and warned them that with their action they violated the basic norms and laws that govern international relations.

He deplored that these countries used the national security law as an excuse and seriously undermined bilateral exchanges by politicizing judicial cooperation with the so-called Pearl of the Orient.

In the same way, he highlighted zero tolerance for any type of pressure in this regard or attempted interference in this or any other internal matter.

While Beijing is also determined to take the necessary measures to safeguard its interests, sovereignty and security in the face of each of these differences, it keeps doors open for dialogue, insists on seeking negotiated solutions and prioritizes mutually beneficial cooperation.

It also chooses to continue with its reform and opening-up policy, and underpin alliances with priority areas on its foreign agenda, such as the rest of Europe, Russia, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.

While relations with the West are becoming more complex, China held high-level meetings with the governments of these regions in recent weeks and in all of them proposed alternatives to promote development, cooperation, strengthening multilateralism and free trade.


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