France still backs 'one country, two systems' for Hong Kong: Macron to Xi Jinping

WION Web Team Paris, France Jun 06, 2020, 03.20 PM(IST)

Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron Photograph:( Reuters )

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China has approved security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists, diplomats and some in business fear will jeopardise its semi-autonomous status and its role as a global financial hub.

French President Emmanuel Macron has told Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping he is following events in Hong Kong closely and continues to back the "one country, two systems" principle for Beijing's rule over the city.

"The President said he was monitoring Hong Kong's situation closely and reiterated France's support for the principle of 'one country, two systems'," an Elysee official said on Saturday.

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China has approved security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists, diplomats and some in business fear will jeopardise its semi-autonomous status and its role as a global financial hub.

The legislation has reignited tensions between Washington and Beijing, and led the European Union to express "grave concern" last week.

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Hong Kong was discussed during an hour and a half phone call on Friday between Macron and Xi, the official said.

The Elysee had reported the call in a statement late on Friday without mentioning Hong Kong.

The statement also referred to cooperation in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, saying Macron stressed the essential role of the World Health Organization, blamed by Washington for mishandling the crisis.