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Reconsider decision on Hong Kong legislators:US and its ‘Five Eyes’ alliance urges China

Foreign ministers from the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have urged the Chinese central authorities to re-consider their actions against Hong Kong’s elected legislature and immediately reinstate the Legislative Council members.

Hong Kong expelled four opposition members from its legislature last week after Beijing gave city authorities new powers to curb dissent.

It triggered mass resignations by the remaining 15 pro-democracy opposition lawmakers. The group of five countries also known as ‘Five Eyes’ alliance said in a statement that China’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong appeared to be part of a campaign to silence critics and called on Beijing to reverse its decision.

China has rebuked the United States and its ‘Five eyes’ alliance over their demands and termed the National People’s Congress Standing Committee resolution, legitimate.

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