France Continues to Back "One Country, Two Systems" Principle for Hong Kong, says Macron

In the midst of escalated tension between the US and China, Marcon talked to Xi Jinping and said France is following events happening in Hong Kong

French President Emmanuel Macron has told Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping over a phone call that the European country is following events happening in Hong Kong very closely and continues to back the "one country, two systems" principle for Beijing's rule over the city, revealed an Elysee official.

"The President said he was monitoring the (Hong Kong) situation closely and reiterated France's support for the principle of 'one country, two systems'," the official told Reuters on Saturday.

China has approved security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists, diplomats, and some in business fear will jeopardize its semi-autonomous status and its role as a global financial hub.

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The legislation has reignited tensions between Washington and Beijing, and led the European Union to express "grave concern" last week.

Hong Kong was discussed during an hour and a half phone call on Friday between Macron and Xi, the official said.

The Elysee had reported the call in a statement late on Friday without mentioning Hong Kong.

The statement also referred to cooperation in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, saying Macron stressed the essential role of the World Health Organization, blamed by Washington for mishandling the crisis.