Spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office on the UK's "Six-Monthly Report on Hong Kong": Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and have nothing to do with the UK
2019/10/31
 

In response to the UK's release of another "Six-Monthly Report on Hong Kong", the spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office pointed out that Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs, and expressed strong disapproval of and firm opposition against the UK's constant interference in Hong Kong affairs with such reports.

 

The spokesperson said that the policies of "One Country, Two Systems" and "the people of Hong Kong governing Hong Kong" with a high degree of autonomy have been earnestly implemented over the past 22 years since Hong Kong's return, a fact that anyone not politically biased will acknowledge.

 

The spokesperson pointed out that the report has confounded right with wrong, failed to distinguish the SAR Government's law-based governance and the police's law enforcement efforts from the crime committed by violent extremists, and endorsed the opposition and violent demonstrators in Hong Kong between the lines. It runs counter to the mainstream public opinion in the city calling for stopping violence, ending the chaos, and restoring law and order, to the UK's responsibility to respect China's sovereignty and the "One Country, Two Systems" principle, and to the fundamental interests of all international stakeholders in Hong Kong.

 

The spokesperson emphasized that we have repeatedly reminded the UK, which keeps pointing fingers citing the Sino-British Joint Declaration, that all rights and obligations concerning it under the instrument were fulfilled on 1 July 1997. The UK has no sovereignty, jurisdiction or right of "supervision" over and no obligation to Hong Kong since then. Therefore, it is overreaching itself in making unwarranted remarks about Hong Kong affairs on the pretext of the declaration. We urge the relevant British politicians to rid themselves of the outdated colonialist mindset, respect China's sovereignty, abide by basic norms governing international relations, and stop meddling with Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs as a whole.

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