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Victor Gao: UK will face dire consequences from China for Hong Kong interference (E901)

Going Underground’s social media producer, Farhaan Ahmed, speaks to China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, about Boris Johnson’s decision to give access to UK citizenship to millions of Hongkongers after the National Security Law was implemented by Beijing in Hong Kong. He accuses the US of still harboring a colonial mindset and not recognizing that Hong Kong is now part of China, as well as arguing for why the new law is needed. Next, Afshin Rattansi speaks to the former translator for Chinese Paramount leader Deng Xiaoping and VP of the Center for China and Globalization. He discusses the implementation of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, why he believes the law is needed, the UK’s comments and actions following its implementation, allegations of the law being parallel to US national security legislation, allegations of mass internment and human rights abuses of Uighurs in Xinjiang Province, the treatment of China as an enemy nation, and where UK-China relations go from here. Finally, Afshin Rattansi speaks to Prof. Clifford Stott, the UK SAGE Committee sub-group adviser. He discusses the psychology behind recent mass protests and riots, from the Black Lives Matter global movement, to the mass protests in Hong Kong, how inequality is a fundamental cause of these protests and how coronavirus has only amplified inequality in the minds of people, how different policing responses against different racial groups fosters distrust and discontent, why crackdowns and repression ultimately do not work, and more!

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STATEMENT FROM SCOTLAND YARD: 

Scotland Yard spokesperson: “We understand that there are concerns across some communities that the use of the stop and search tactic during the Covid-19 lockdown has been deliberately aimed at certain groups.

“We would like to reassure communities that this is absolutely not the case.

“However, our use of stop and search over recent weeks has increased as additional resources have been placed into proactive patrols to tackle crime and keep London safe during this challenging period.

“All stop and search data is recorded and quality assured to ensure that searches are lawful and appropriate. This information is regularly shared with stop and search monitoring groups, and includes location and reason for the stop, in addition to the age, gender and race of the person stopped. The MPS monitors this data closely to understand where there is disproportionality, and to undertake suitable action where this is the case. 

“We welcome any opportunity to discuss with local communities if they have a concern about stop and search or anything else with regards to their local policing area. We also encourage anyone to come forward if they are unhappy with any interaction with police, and there is also the option to make a formal complaint if preferred.”

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