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EU To Restrict Technology Exports To Hong Kong Due To National Security Law

EU To Restrict Technology Exports To Hong Kong Due To National Security Law

The EU has decided to take retaliatory measures against the national security law in Hong Kong, including restricting the export of technologies to this special administrative region of the PRC that can be used for harassment or mass surveillance, according to a statement of the EU Council, issued on Tuesday in Brussels.

"After an initial discussion in the EU Foreign Affairs Council on July 13, 2020, the Council adopted today's conclusions expressing serious concern about the national security law in Hong Kong, adopted by the Standing Committee of the national people's Congress on June 30, 2020," it said. "This document reaffirms the EU's support for a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong, according to the principle of "one country, two systems" and solidarity with the people of Hong Kong, and sets out a set of coordinated responses in various areas."

For example, the measures include "further investigation and restriction of exports of sensitive equipment and technologies for targeted use by Hong Kong, in particular those that are reasonably suspected of undesirable exploitation technologies, related to internal repression, interception of internal information and virtual surveillance."

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