European leaders have condemned China’s decision to press ahead with its new security laws in Hong Kong, warning that it will speed up the re-assessment of China as a trustworthy economic partner.
The European Union council president, Charles Michel, in a statement said they condemn the decision.
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said the bloc was now discussing with international partners on any possible measures in response.
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam defended the law, saying it filled a “gaping hole” in national security.
The legislation, passed by lawmakers in Beijing on Tuesday, is aimed at stamping out anti-government protests in Hong Kong and makes secession, subversion of the central government, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces punishable by up to life in prison.