Office Spokesperson: Visa Matters Shall be Handled by SAR Government in Accordance with Law. No Foreign Country Has Any Right to Interfere

  Question: On 6 October, the British Foreign Office and the US Consulate General in Hong Kong made comments on SAR Government’s refusal to renew the visa of the Financial Times correspondent Victor Mallet. They requested the SAR Government to make explanation, describing the decision as “inconsistent with the principles enshrined in the Basic Law”. What is your comment?

  Spokesperson: Visa matters fall within a country’s sovereignty. In accordance with “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Hong Kong SAR Government has the power to decide whether to approve applications for the renewal of work visas to Hong Kong. The Central Government firmly supports the SAR Government in handling the related matters in accordance with law. No foreign country has any right to interfere.

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