International Center / Comprehensive Report
China’s continued suppression of Hong Kong has gradually caused tensions in Sino-British relations. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced that it will send aircraft carriers to Asia next year. Related military plans also include the establishment of a “Space Command” and a National Cyber Force. A series of actions are considered to be Pointing at China, responding to China’s suppression of Hong Kong and the threat to British national security.
▲ Johnson & Johnson announced that it will send the USS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to the Asia-Pacific region. (Photo/Retrieved from Wikipedia)
Johnson & Johnson made a video speech to Congress on the 19th, pointing out that the “HMS Queen Elizabeth” aircraft carrier will lead a task force composed of Britain and allied states next year to carry out Britain’s largest deployment mission in 20 years, covering the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and In East Asia, a national cyber force and a “space command” must also be established to respond to emerging national security threats.
Although Johnson & Johnson did not disclose the details of the deployment plan, the outside world believes that the ship may participate in joint military exercises between the United States and Japan and is also trying to challenge the free navigation operations that excessively claim maritime sovereignty.
The British “The Times” reported as early as July that the British military chief had drawn up a plan to deploy the Queen Elizabeth to the Far East. “Nikkei Asia” pointed out that in the past, other British officials have also raised the possibility of sending ships to the Asia-Pacific region, but this is the first time Johnson & Johnson has explicitly discussed this idea.
▲ Johnson & Johnson’s decision to send aircraft carriers to Asia is considered to be aimed at China’s suppression of Hong Kong. (Photo/Retrieved from Johnson & Johnson Facebook)
According to the analysis of the report, the British move may be to send a message to China that “China is increasingly suppressing Hong Kong, leading to tensions in diplomatic relations with Britain.”
China’s pressure on Hong Kong has continued to increase, especially after the passage of the Hong Kong version of the National Security Act, which was considered to have undermined the “50-year unchanged” clause established in the 1997 Sino-British Joint Declaration. At that time, apart from a number of political figures in the UK In addition to the condemnation, it also announced that nearly 3 million Hong Kong residents who are eligible to apply for a British National Overseas passport will relax their visa rights and provide channels for obtaining citizenship.
In addition, with the approval of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress on the 11th, the Hong Kong government announced that it would directly deprive the Civic Party Yang Yueqiao, Guo Rongkeng, Guo Jiaqi, and the professional councillor Liang Jichang on the grounds that “legislators who refused to recognize national sovereignty would lose their qualifications as members of the legislature”. The qualifications of a member of the Legislative Council caused an uproar. The Hong Kong democrats also immediately announced that all members of the Democrats of the Legislative Council had resigned to show their dissatisfaction.
▲China forcibly passed the Hong Kong version of the “National Security Act”, causing tensions in Britain-China relations. (Photo/Retrieved from Xinhuanet)