Commissioner's Office Makes Stern Representations over Comments Made by Person in Charge of US Consulate General

  The person in charge of the US Consulate General in the Hong Kong SAR made erroneous comments on Hong Kong affairs on several recent occasions. In response to this, the person in charge of the Commissioner's Office of the Foreign Ministry made stern representations with the US Consulate General on 1 March, expressing indignation and firm opposition while making the following points very clear:

  First, since Hong Kong's return to the motherland, the principles of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administrating Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy have been successfully implemented in the city. The Hong Kong residents are entitled to unprecedented rights and freedoms in accordance with the law. Over the past year, the situation in Hong Kong has witnessed steady progress amid continued stability. This is a well-recognized fact that leaves no room for distortion or smearing.

  Second, the Chinese Central Government has acted in strict accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law, and supported the SAR Government in law-based administration. The SAR Government has taken a series of necessary measures to uphold "one country, two systems" and the constitutional order, consolidating the foundation for Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability. These measures have followed the will of the people and received popular support.

  Third, since 1997, Hong Kong has cemented its edge in multiple areas and made more active external exchanges. Its business environment and international competitiveness have been widely recognized by the international community. Hong Kong is currently facing precious opportunities to acquire new driving force for growth through its further integration into the overall national development. And the outside world is becoming more active in cooperating with Hong Kong.

  Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong. Hong Kong affairs allow no foreign interference. We urge the relevant foreign institution to respect the facts and abandon biases, and take concrete actions to abide by international law and norms governing international relations. We urge the institution to respect China's sovereignty, security and development interest, stop discrediting "one country, two systems" and refrain from any interference in Hong Kong affairs or China's domestic affairs.

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