The Commissioner's Office refutes G7 foreign ministers' statement, and urges G7 countries to reject double standards and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs
2020/06/18
 

The spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office expressed strong disapproval of and firm opposition against the G7 foreign ministers' latest statement, which made unwarranted remarks about the national security legislation for the HKSAR. The statement, said the spokesperson, has confounded right with wrong, openly meddled with Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs, and violated international law and basic norms governing international relations.

 

The spokesperson pointed out that national security is of top priority for every nation. In countries around the globe, unitary and federal alike, legislating on national security falls within the state's legislative power. We suggest the G7 countries ask themselves: Isn't it true that each of them has national security legislation at home? Isn't such legislation enacted by the central government in their countries? And isn't such legislation applied to their entire territory? Hong Kong is part of China, and the Central Government of China has both the power and the obligation to establish and improve a legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security. It is just and legitimate, and shall not be meddled with.

 

The spokesperson emphasized that "One Country, Two Systems" is a pioneering initiative and a major contribution China has made to human society. No one hopes more for the enduring success of the policy than China, and no one cares more about Hong Kong's prosperity and stability and its people's well-being and rights than the Chinese government and people. Safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests is at the core of "One Country, Two Systems". The more solid the foundation for national security is, the more room "One Country, Two Systems" will enjoy. The national security legislation for the HKSAR will target only a small handful of criminal acts and activities endangering national security, while ensuring the majority of Hong Kong citizens' security and legitimate rights and freedoms.

 

The spokesperson said that the Central Government has and will continue to extensively solicit opinions from across Hong Kong society through multiple channels and means in drafting the legislation. The fact that the relevant decision was almost unanimously passed at the National People's Congress and that nearly 3 million Hong Kong citizens signed a petition endorsing it in eight days fully shows that the legislation has gained broad support among people in the mainland and Hong Kong. The legislation is in line with both the trend of the times and people's will, and is therefore unstoppable.

 

The spokesperson emphasized that the Chinese government is firmly committed to safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, to implementing the "One Country, Two Systems" policy, and to opposing any external interference in Hong Kong affairs. The national security legislation for the HKSAR is not to be smeared, interfered with or hampered. We urge relevant countries to reflect upon themselves, reject double standards, shake off ideological bias and bloc politics, and stop futile interference.

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