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British politicians urge EU to drop China deal after Hong Kong arrests

Territory’s former governor says Europe’s right to be treated as serious world power is at risk

The last British governor of Hong Kong has told the EU not to go ahead with an economic deal with China in the wake of the latest crackdown on the opposition in the territory.

The arrest of 53 people on charges of “subversion” led Lord Patten to tell the EU it would forfeit its right to be treated as a serious global economic and political power if it went ahead with the draft investment deal.

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