Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne says the record turnout in Hong Kong district council elections shows the desire of the island’s people to “have their voices heard”, following a landslide victory for pro-democracy groups.
Senator Payne’s comments come as United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed bipartisan legislation that would impose sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses.
The Australian Foreign Minister said she welcomed the “successful conduct” of Sunday’s Hong Kong elections, which handed 90 per cent of district council seats to democratic candidates.
“It shows the potential for political dialogue to provide a viable solution to the current crisis. We hope that through cooperation, all the parties can work together and reaffirm the centrality of ‘one country, two systems’,” Senator Payne said.