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British Home Secretary Priti Patel said back in July that China’s national security law for Hong Kong, which reignited protests in the city, had breached the Sino-British Joint Declaration and “could not be ignored.”
The law introduced harsher punishments for offenses like insulting China’s national symbols, attempting to break away from the country, and using violence to intimidate people in order to further a political cause.
The Chinese embassy in Britain warned in July that Beijing firmly opposes the offer to provide more privileges for Hong Kong residents and reserves the right to take measures.
The HKSAR government earlier also urged London to stop interfering in its affairs.
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