Office Spokesperson Addresses Question Regarding British Government's Issuance of Sixth-Monthly Report on Hong Kong

  Question: The British Government issued the latest Sixth-Monthly Report on Hong Kong on 6 September, acknowledging that “one country, two systems” generally continues to function well, but citing growing concern about the rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, particularly in the context of “discussion of independence”. What is the comment from the Chinese side?

  Spokesperson: Since Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law have been faithfully implemented. Hong Kong continues to maintain its prosperity and stability, and its residents enjoy more extensive democratic rights and freedoms than any time in history. These achievements are there for all to see.

  The advocacy of “Hong Kong independence” is in serious violation of the Chinese Constitution, Basic Law and the related laws in the Hong Kong SAR, severely undermining state sovereignty, security and territorial integrity. It by no means falls into the purview of free speech. The Chinese Central Government adopts zero-tolerance for “Hong Kong independence” and treats it with no leniency.

  We request the British side to acknowledge the fact that Hong Kong has already returned to the motherland, and that the freedom of speech and other rights of the Hong Kong residents are fully protected by law. We request the British side to put an end to the issuance of the Sixth-Monthly Report on Hong Kong, stop making unwarranted comments on Hong Kong affairs, and refrain from interfering in China’s domestic affairs.

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