This came during a closed session held by the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
On Thursday, the Chinese parliament passed the National Security Act in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, which prohibits activities aimed at overthrowing the Beijing government and encourages “rebellion, national treason and terrorism.”
In a statement distributed to the journalists by the British delegation, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Nations to the United Nations, Ambassador Jonathan Allen, said that the delegations of the two countries discussed, in the closed session of the Security Council, the recent developments related to Hong Kong.
He added that the two delegations had raised “the two countries’ concerns about the decision of the National People’s Congress, which imposed national security legislation on Hong Kong.”
“This legislation risks reducing the freedoms that China has pledged to support as a matter of international law,” he added.
He added: “We are also very concerned that if implemented, it will exacerbate the deep divisions in Hong Kong society, as it directly contradicts China’s international obligations under the provisions of the joint declaration recorded by the United Nations, the United Kingdom and China.”
The British ambassador stressed that “the issue of Hong Kong is receiving international attention.”
China recently stepped up its stance against the anti-government trend in Hong Kong, and its parliament passed, on Thursday, the “National Security” law.
The implementation of the law will commence without the approval of the Hong Kong Local Council.
On Friday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam pledged to fully cooperate with the new security law, which was approved during the Chinese parliament session.
The bill would impose penalties for any “sabotage” or other actions that threaten the Communist regime, a move which the leaders of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong believe will eradicate the city’s special status.
Hong Kong manages its internal affairs independently, but it follows Beijing in foreign and defense policies, and observers believe that the influence of the Chinese government on Hong Kong is steadily increasing.