Australia has expressed deep concern about “troubling” security laws China has imposed on Hong Kong.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne mentioned the laws threatened Hong Kong’s judicial independence and the rights and freedoms of its individuals.
“The eyes of the world will remain on Hong Kong,” she mentioned on Wednesday.
Senator Payne mentioned Australia had a considerable stake in Hong Kong’s success.
“The city is home to our largest commercial presence in Asia and one of our biggest expatriate communities globally,” she mentioned.
“Australia has been a favoured destination for people from Hong Kong, and we will work to ensure it stays that way.”
The laws criminalise secession, subversion and collusion with overseas forces.
China bypassed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council to move the sweeping new laws with out public session.
Australian legal professionals worry the broadly outlined offences can have a chilling impact on public life within the metropolis and deprive Hong Kong courts of their independence.