U.S., Britain aim to raise Hong Kong at U.N. Security Council on Friday

FILE PHOTO: Anti-government demonstrators scuffle with riot police during a lunch time protest as a second reading of a controversial national anthem law takes place in Hong Kong, China May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States and Britain plan to informally raise at the United Nations Security Council on Friday China’s plan to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, diplomats said, a move likely to anger Beijing.

China’s parliament approved on Thursday a decision to move forward with the legislation that democracy activists, diplomats and some in the business world fear will jeopardize Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status and its role as a global financial hub.

Britain’s U.N. mission confirmed that Britain and the United States had notified the 15-member Security Council that they would raise the situation in Hong Kong behind closed-doors under “any other business.”

The move comes after China, backed by Russia, opposed a U.S. call on Wednesday for a formal open council meeting on Hong Kong, arguing that it was an internal matter and not an issue of international peace and security. [nL1N2DA02M]

China’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the U.S. and British plan to raise the issue informally on Friday.

The Security Council has been meeting virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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