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​Hong Kong national security law: US gets little backing with hard line on China, as other countries steer clear of threats

Published on: 28-May-2020

South China Morning Post

As the US prepares to unveil policy action against China over the new Hong Kong national security law, few countries are prepared to follow. Some governments fear ‘touching a raw nerve in Beijing’, while others prefer to protect business interests with world’s second largest economy. Political analysts do not expect public rebukes from governments in India nor the 10 members ASEAN. “As a general policy, the Indian state has decided never to interfere in the domestic politics of other countries,” said Sinderpal Singh, a senior fellow at NTU Singapore. NTU’s Asst Prof Dylan Loh added that “the issue of Hong Kong’s autonomy, or lack thereof, does not rank very high in Asean’s priorities with China”. “Frankly, none of the Asean countries have the economic and political wherewithal, nor the desire to irritate China over the Hong Kong issue,” he said.

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