China’s crackdown on Hong Kong threatens global order, EU says

China’s efforts to tighten its grip on Hong Kong pose a threat to the rules-based international order, the European Union’s top diplomat said, calling on member states to respond with a “robust” message.

China’s increasing control over the city “affects not only our direct interests in Hong Kong but also the maintenance of the rules-based international order where legal and political commitments are to be respected,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a letter to the bloc’s 27 foreign ministers.

The EU must continue “to ensure unified and robust messaging,” Mr Borrell said in the letter dated May 26 and seen by Bloomberg.