European Parliament condemns China actions over Hong Kong ahead of leaders summit

European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will hold a video summit next Monday with the leaders of China.

This will come just days after the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution calling on the European Union to take China to the International Court of Justice in The Hague if Beijing imposes its new security law on Hong Kong, and to use economic leverage to dissuade China.

EU governments have already expressed “grave concern” over China’s security law for Hong Kong, which democracy activists, diplomats and some businesses say will jeopardise its semi-autonomous status and its role as a global financial hub.

The European Peoples' Party (EPP), the largest political group in the parliament, has denounced the constant and increasing interference by China in Hong Kong’s affairs and reiterated its support for the existing Sino-British Joint Declaration which grants Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy until at least 2047.

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