Office Spokesperson Addresses Questions from the Press

  Question: The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China released its 2018 Annual Report yesterday, stating "a continued erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy" and making comments on democracy and human rights in Hong Kong. What is your comment?

  Spokesperson: Since Hong Kong's return to the motherland, the Central Government has acted in strict accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law. The principles of "one country, two systems", 'Hong Kong people administrating Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy have been successfully implemented in Hong Kong. Its residents enjoy unprecedented rights and freedoms in accordance with the law.

  Advocacy for "Hong Kong independence" seriously violates the Chinese Constitution, the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR and the related laws in Hong Kong. It challenges the bottom line of "one country, two systems", gravely undermines the state sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and damages Hong Kong's long term prosperity and stability and the fundamental interests of people of all sectors in the city. No individual or organization shall be allowed to advocate "Hong Kong independence" or engage in separatist activities under the guise of democracy, human rights, freedom of speech or freedom of the press.

  We urge the related foreign institutions to respect the facts, distinguish right from wrong and abandon discrimination. We urge them to stop discrediting "one country, two systems" and the democracy and freedoms in Hong Kong, and put an end to their practice of interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's domestic affairs.

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