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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on the Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of the UK, Australia and Canada, and the US Secretary of State on the Hong Kong-related Issue
2021/01/11

Question: On January 9th, the Foreign Ministers of the UK, Australia and Canada, and the US Secretary of State issued a joint statement, expressing “serious concern” at the “mass arrests” of “politicians and activists” by Hong Kong police, and claiming that the “National Security Law is a clear breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermines the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework. It has curtailed the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. It is clear that the National Security Law is being used to eliminate dissent and opposing political views.” What is the comment of the Chinese Embassy in the UK?

Embassy Spokesperson: The Chinese Embassy already stated our position with regard to the wrong remarks of the UK Foreign Secretary a few days ago. Now the UK Foreign Secretary, the US Secretary of State and the Foreign Ministers of Australia and Canada are acting in collusion to support criminal offenders in Hong Kong in disregard of facts. The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction at and firm opposition to this blatant interference in Hong Kong affairs, which are China’s internal affairs, and serious violation of international law and the basic norms governing international relations. I want to emphasize the following:

First, Hong Kong is under the rule of law, where no one is above the law. The personnel concerned plotted and organized activities aimed at “paralyzing” the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and are suspected of subversion of state power under Article 22 of the National Security Law for the Hong Kong SAR. Hong Kong police made the arrests in accordance with law and their enforcement action brooks no discrediting or disruption.

Second, the Sino-British Joint Declaration is about China resuming the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong, rather than giving the UK or any other country the right to interfere in Hong Kong affairs. The Chinese Government governs Hong Kong SAR in accordance with the Constitution of China and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR, not the Joint Declaration. No country should use the Joint Declaration as an excuse to interfere in Hong Kong affairs.

Third, the National Security Law helps to fully and accurately implement “One Country, Two Systems” and effectively uphold the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents. This Law was enacted to provide strong legal support and institutional safeguards for “One Country, Two Systems” and keep its implementation in the right direction. It targets a very few criminals who jeopardize national security while safeguards the rights and freedoms that the broad majority of Hong Kong residents enjoy in accordance with law. Since enactment of the Law, Hong Kong has brought an end to chaos and restored law and order, “One Country, Two Systems” has demonstrated stronger vitality, and the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents are now better guaranteed.

Fourth, Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs and allow no external interference. The Chinese Government remains unwavering in its determination to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, fully and accurately implement “One Country, Two Systems”, and oppose any external interference in Hong Kong affairs. Attempts of interference will never succeed. The Chinese side urges the UK, the United States, Australia and Canada to abide by international law and the basic norms governing international relations, immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs, which are China’s internal affairs, and stop going further down the wrong path.

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