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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Hong Kong-related Issue

Q: More than a dozen members of the pro-democracy camp of Hong Kong's Legislative Council are expected to quit at a press conference later today. This is after China introduced new rules for lawmakers in Hong Kong today. We are wondering if the foreign ministry has any comment on this?

A: The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council and the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) have issued statements respectively. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted this decision on the qualification of members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the HKSAR in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution, the Basic Law and the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR. It is a necessary step to uphold and improve the system of "one country, two systems", implement the Basic Law and the Hong Kong national security law, and maintain the rule of law and constitutional order in the HKSAR. It is a justified and legitimate decision that conforms to the Constitution and other laws. We firmly support the HKSAR government in performing its duties in accordance with law based on the decision of the NPC Standing Committee.

The relevant decision of the NPC Standing Committee targets no others but those LegCo members who do not meet the statutory requirements and conditions of "upholding the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China" and "pledging allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China". Those who break the law must be held accountable, which is the basic principle of any law-based society.

I would like to stress that Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China, and the qualification of HKSAR LegCo members is purely an internal affair of China. No other country has the right to make irresponsible remarks or intervene in the matter.

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