China: Dominic Raab suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty
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And Mr Kawczynski – who believes he is likely to be blacklisted by Beijing in the same way as former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith and others were earlier this year – has backed the decision to cut the amount of aid the UK sends to China by 95 percent. An article published by the Global Times on March 23 headlined ‘Deceitful politicians that harm China-EU ties face sanctions; refers to Mr Kawczynski’s criticism of China in a tweet last month.
What they’re trying to do is now is to threaten and blackmail British MPs
However, Mr Kawczynski told Express.co.uk: “What they’re trying to do is now is to threaten and blackmail British MPs if we have the temerity to speak out on the human rights abuses in Hong Kong.”
Referring to the deal signed by then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in relation to the one country, two systems arrangement, he said: “I have gone through our 1984 agreement with China, with a fine tooth comb, and I know that they are breaking certain protocols of that agreement.
“Everything was transferred across to the Chinese in recognition of the fact that they would agree to this to ‘one country, two systems’ process.
“They clearly reneged on those promises and it’s very important for British to speak out about human rights abuses, because we have, as you know, a responsibility to the Hong Kong people.”
Mr Kawczynski added: “It is rather Machiavellian when their newspapers then go on to seek to intimidate and silence British MPs, being able to speak out in this way.”
The cuts announced by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reduces to amount paid by the UK to £900,000, supposedly earmarked for pro-democratic groups in China.
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However, Mr Kawczynski said: “I am rather depressed and bewildered that even a million pounds is still going to China.
“I think I think a lot of very serious questions need to be asked that.
“When we are going through such appalling shortages here in the United Kingdom as a result of COVID, when we’ve got massive waiting times of our NHS and serious problems with homelessness, the idea that we are giving any money to this brutal communist regime is bizarre.
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“And I think it would be bizarre to most British citizens.”
With regard to his mention in the Global Times, Mr Kawczynski said: “I think they’ve got me in their sights but that sort of behaviour empowers us even more.
“Because it is not going to silence British Members of Parliament on key issues like Hong Kong.”
In a clear message to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Mr Kawczynski added: “We were promised by the British government, that when they got into office there would be a major recalibration of where British aid is to sent to.
“It is bewildering that such large amounts of being sent to China, which is a country rapidly outperforming us in economic output.
“Fair enough if they are finding some democratic institutions that seek to empower people, that’s one thing.
“But British aid should not be going to China at the moment, bearing in mind the economic situation, and also the appalling brutal way in which the Chinese Communist dictatorship is treating its own citizens, and increasingly destabilising the region.”
The Global Times story refers to sanctions imposed by both the UK and the UK over “human rights issues” in Xinjiang.
It also refers to a tweet by Mr Kawczynski in which he says of Beijing: “We can’t trust them.”
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