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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on a small number of western countries' dragging the national security legislation in Hong Kong to a Human Rights Council session

Q: At the UN Human Rights Council meeting, 27 countries including France, the UK and Germany called on China to reconsider the national security legislation in Hong Kong, which they alleged was threatening Hong Kong's freedom. Does the foreign ministry believe that the promulgation and implementation of the law will affect China's relations with these countries in the foreseeable future?

A: At the 44th regular session of the Human Rights Council on June 30, the UK, together with a small number of western countries, made unwarranted accusations against China on issues related to Hong Kong and others. Then and there, 53 countries voiced their support in a joint statement to China's policies regarding Hong Kong, urging the relevant countries to stop using these matters to interfere in China's internal affairs. It is pretty clear who enjoys popular support. The anti-China show staged by a handful of western countries ended in a fiasco.

It must be pointed out that these countries are far from owning a good human rights record to boast and are certainly in no position to judge others on this front. We urge them to reflect on their own problems, stop politicizing and applying double standards on human rights issues, and stop interfering in others' internal affairs under the guise of human rights. They need to get a clear grasp of and follow the trend of the times and earnestly make concrete contributions to the sound development of the international human rights cause.

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