The Group of Seven (G7) and the European Union (EU) have condemned the process of Hong Kong’s election of its next leader.

The foreign ministers of G7 have expressed “grave concern” over the recent Hong Kong election, calling it “steady erosion of political and civil rights and Hong Kong’s autonomy.”

The group stated, “The current nomination process and resulting appointment are a stark departure from the aim of universal suffrage and further erode the ability of Hong Kongers to be legitimately represented. We are deeply concerned about this steady erosion of political and civil rights and Hong Kong’s autonomy.”

The move from most industrialized nations came after a Beijing-controlled election committee in Hong Kong elected Beijing – loyal security chief, John Lee, to be the city’s next Chief Executive.

Lee is a hard-line security chief who led the crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy protest over a controversial extradition bill in 2019. He also backed a national security law that outlaws most opposition voices, reducing the city’s autonomy.

The EU on Sunday also raised the bloc’s concerns over the election process.

EU Top diplomat Josep Borrell said, “The European Union regrets this violation of democratic principles and political pluralism and sees this selection process as yet another step in the dismantling of the ‘one country, two systems principle.”

According to South China Morning Post, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, criticized the EU for supporting “fake false democracy” and meddling in China’s affairs.

Zhao said, “This fully exposed how they meddled with China’s domestic affairs under the guise of democracy and freedom.”

He added, “The new Hong Kong government under the leadership of the new chief executive will lead the city from chaos to good governance.”

Last year, Hong Kong’s election law went through a major reform when Beijing wanted to ensure that only so-called “patriots” can hold office.

Hong Kong is China’s special administrative region. The U.K. handed over the former colony to the Chinese regime in 1997. Beijing promised the city would be under the “one country, two systems” for 50 years.

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