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

Q: Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng was attacked by a group of masked men when attending an event in London on November 14. She sustained injury after being pushed and falling to the ground. Do you have any comment?

A: We deplore and condemn the attack against Hong Kong SAR Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng in London by a group of anti-China elements seeking to disrupt Hong Kong. The Chinese embassy in the UK immediately sent personnel to the scene to provide assistance and asked the British side to immediately arrange for security measures for Secretary Cheng. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming will be visiting her in the hospital where she is receiving treatment for the injuries.

The facts have proven that the anti-China elements seeking to disrupt Hong Kong are nothing but a group of violent criminals who have crossed the line of law and society. Such blatant attacks against Hong Kong SAR government officials must be stopped and severely punished. If allowed to have their way, they would seriously undermine Hong Kong's stability and prosperity and cause severe disruption and damage to the international community, the UK included.

I need to point out that this appalling attack happening in London is an immediate result of some UK politicians' behavior for a while. They confuse right and wrong, endorse the anti-China elements seeking to destabilize Hong Kong and support their violent and criminal actions overtly or covertly. If the UK doesn't change its wrong course and continues to add fuel to the flames, it will end up getting burned itself.

We demand that the UK immediately launch a thorough investigation into this incident, spare no effort to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice, and ensure the safety and dignity of all Chinese in the UK. We urge the UK to exercise prudence on Hong Kong-related issues, stop sending wrong messages, stop discord-sowing and instigation, and stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs which are China's internal affairs.

I must stress once again that ending violence and restoring order is the most pressing task, the broadest consensus and the strongest appeal in Hong Kong at this point. The central government firmly supports the Hong Kong SAR government led by the Chief Executive in governing Hong Kong in accordance with law, the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing law, and the Hong Kong judiciary in bringing violent criminals to justice according to law.

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