The European Union’s top diplomat, on May 7, said that Hong Kong’s new chief executive selection process violated democratic norms.

John Lee, who is under United Nations sanctions, was the only candidate in the Beijing-backed election to succeed Hong Kong’s outgoing leader Carrie Lam.

Josep Borrell Fontelles said that the EU regrets this violation of democratic principles and political pluralism and sees this selection process as yet another step in dismantling the one country, two systems principle.

He added that the EU calls on Chinese and Hong Kong authorities to abide by their national and international commitments, notably the ultimate aim of electing the Chief Executive and members of the Legislative Council by universal suffrage.

The Hong Kong Foreign Affairs Ministry Commissioner’s Office demanded that the EU immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs.

Lee was Hong Kong’s security chief when he oversaw a crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy movement.

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