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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on a British Politician's Statement on Hong Kong
2020/07/31

Question: On July 30th, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab issued a statement, saying that he "condemns the decision to disqualify opposition candidates from standing in Hong Kong's Legislative Council elections", and that "it is clear they have been disqualified because of their political views, undermining the integrity of 'One Country, Two Systems' and the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Joint Declaration and Hong Kong's Basic Law". What is the comment of the Chinese Embassy in the UK?

Embassy Spokesperson: The Chinese side expresses its strong indignation and opposition to the UK side's irresponsible remarks about and interference in Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs, in disregard of China's solemn position and repeated representations.

The decision of the Returning Officers to invalidate certain nominations for the 2020 Legislative Council General Election of Hong Kong SAR has sufficient legal basis. This decision is strictly in line with the Basic Law, the National Security Law for Hong Kong SAR and the electoral laws of the SAR.

Under the framework of "One Country, Two Systems", candidates for the legislature of Hong Kong SAR must support the Basic Law wholeheartedly and pledge allegiance to Hong Kong SAR of the People's Republic of China. The disqualified nominees have openly advocated "Hong Kong independence" and "self-determination", or begged for external sanctions on and interference in Hong Kong. Their notorious words and deeds have challenged the limits of the law. By standing for election, their aim has never been to serve Hong Kong SAR or to uphold "One Country, Two Systems". These individuals should never be given seats in the legislature of Hong Kong SAR which bears significant constitutional responsibilities, and allowed to wantonly paralyze the SAR Government, subvert state power, undermine "One Country, Two Systems" and harm the prosperity and stability in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and brook no external interference. The Chinese side urges the UK side, once again, to recognize the fact that Hong Kong has returned to China, and to refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs, in any form. The UK side should stop going down the wrong path, or bear all the consequences thereof.

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