True to their methods, Chinese leaders yesterday brandished the threat of reprisals against the United Kingdom, after London announced its intention to open arms to Hong Kongers threatened with their liberties. Through the voice of the Chinese Embassy in London, Beijing warned that "if the British side unilaterally changes the current rule, it will constitute a breach of its own position and of international law" . China will therefore reserve the right to "take adequate measures" . For London, it is the opposite. Boris Johnson says China's controversial national security law committed "gross and serious violation" of the joint Sino-British declaration of 1984. This agreement laid down the rules for the 1997 retrocession under the principle of "one country, two systems", supposed to guarantee until 2047 in the territory of southern China freedoms the rest of the country.
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The Prime Minister therefore announced to Parliament that
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