G7 foreign ministers urge China not impose security law on Hong Kong

FILE PHOTO - Riot police stop and search pro-democracy demonstrators as they take part a singing song protest at Mong Kok, in Hong Kong, China June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The G7 foreign ministers issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on China not to follow through with plans to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.

“The proposed national security law would risk seriously undermining the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle and the territory’s high degree of autonomy,” the foreign ministers of United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the EU’s High Representative said in the statement.

“We strongly urge the Government of China to re-consider this decision,” it said.

Reporting by Eric Beech