The EU Council agreed on Tuesday to limit exports of “sensitive” technology and equipment to Hong Kong, over a national security legislation adopted by China’s National People’s Congress on June 30.
The EU has decided to further “scrutinise and limit exports of specific sensitive equipment and technologies for end-use in Hong Kong, in particular where there are grounds to suspect undesirable use relating to internal repression, the interception of internal communications or cyber- surveillance,” the Council’s conclusions read.
The EU text also reiterates the EU’s support for Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle, while it also sets out a package of measures on various fields, including on asylum, migration, visa and residence policy, exports, support to civil society and extradition arrangements.
Beijing’s actions “call into question China’s will to uphold its international commitments, undermine trust and impact EU-China relations,” the EU text adds.
The EU Council also raised concerns over “the extensive erosion of rights and freedoms […] the lack of safeguards and clarity in the law, and about its extraterritorial provisions,” whilst calling for a review of the implementation of the national security law.
In an act of solidarity for the people of Hong Kong and of political support for Hong Kong’s autonomy under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle, the EU also decided to not launch any new negotiations with the semi-autonomous region.