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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on the British government Releasing the Six-monthly Report on Hong Kong

Question: The British government released the Six-monthly Report on Hong Kong, declaring that China is in a state of ongoing non-compliance with the Sino-British Joint Declaration. UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs stated that Britain and the international community “must continue to stand up for the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong” and “continue to hold China to its obligations”. Do you have any comment?

Spokesperson: The British government released its latest so-called Six-monthly Report on Hong Kong yesterday. The report, which is full of ideological bias, is a continuation of its moves to confound right with wrong and distort facts. The groundless accusations against China’s policies in Hong Kong made by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in the foreword of the report again constitute gross interference in Hong Kong affairs and China’s domestic affairs. We strongly condemn and firmly oppose this.

I must stress that Hong Kong is part of China and One Country, Two Systems is China’s basic national policy. The Central Government cares about Hong Kong and hopes to see the continued successful implementation of One Country, Two Systems more than anyone. Since Hong Kong’s return, the Central Government has been governing Hong Kong in accordance with the China’s Constitution and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR. The policy of One Country, Two Systems, “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy has been earnestly implemented. Hong Kong residents’ lawful rights and freedoms have been fully guaranteed according to law. These are undeniable facts. Everything we’ve done, whether it’s the promulgation of the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong SAR or improving Hong Kong’s electoral system, is aimed to uphold and improve the One Country, Two Systems institution, ensure its steady and sustained implementation, and realize lasting peace, stability and prosperity in Hong Kong.

Since the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong SAR took effect nearly a year ago, Hong Kong has regained stability and returned to the right track. Global capital keeps flowing into Hong Kong and foreign enterprises are more confident about Hong Kong’s business environment. The improved electoral system fully implements the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong”, ensures extensive and balanced political participation of Hong Kong residents and better accommodates the interests of all social strata, all sectors and all aspects. The democratic political system in Hong Kong will advance in a sound and steady manner and good governance will be gradually realized. The IMF in its latest report once again recognized Hong Kong’s status as a global financial hub, casting a vote of confidence in its growth prospects. We believe that with the full support of the Central Government and the concerted efforts of people from all walks of life in the SAR, Hong Kong will surely maintain lasting stability and prosperity and its status as a global financial, shipping and trade hub will be cemented.

The so-called British report disregards these facts and spared no effort to attack and smear China’s Central Government and Hong Kong SAR. The report also listed with great pride a series of despicable actions taken by the UK to meddle in Hong Kong affairs and undermine its stability and prosperity. Under the disguise of upholding Hong Kong’s democracy, the UK has been meddling in Hong Kong’s politics and interfering in China’s domestic affairs. Under the disguise of standing up for Hong Kong people’s rights, the UK has been disrupting Hong Kong and reaping benefits at others’ expense. Hong Kong affairs, which are purely China’s domestic affairs, bear on China’s sovereignty, security and core interests and brook no external interference. We urge the UK to abide by international law and basic norms governing international relations, grasp the reality that it has been 24 years since Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, let go of its old colonial dream, get rid of double standard, stop releasing relevant reports, stop meddling in China’s domestic affairs including Hong Kong affairs in any way, and do more things in the interest of Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity and China-UK relations.

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