SEOUL – South Korea is adhering to a 1984 declaration between China and Britain that guarantees Hong Kong's autonomy amid concerns about Beijing's controversial security laws that could undermine territorial freedoms, the Foreign Ministry said. Half this autonomous one.

Last week, China's parliament passed legislation for Hong Kong, which critics say could serve as a legal framework to quell riots or breakups in former British colonies and tighten Beijing's grip.

"Hong Kong is an important region where people-to-people exchanges are very close to South Korea, and we believe that it is vital that prosperity and development take place," said Kim In-chul. Hong Kong continues to fall under the "one country, two principles" system by Chouk Bora