Commissioner's Office: US report attacking Hong Kong is a piece of waste paper full of lies
2020/12/02
 

The spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office strongly disapproved and firmly opposed the latest annual report issued by the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), which is yet another gross interference in China's internal affairs, including Hong Kong affairs.

 

The spokesperson said that the report is full of bias and lies. It heaps abuses on China's just and legitimate measures to safeguard national security, but ignores that the US has long had a rigorous system of national security laws and even abused the concept of national security now and then. It attacks the regulations in the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR embodying the principle of protective jurisdiction, an international norm, but mentions nothing about the extraterritoriality of American domestic laws and the US's exercise of long-arm jurisdiction over other countries. It vilifies the HKSAR's decision to postpone LegCo election for the sake of public health, but turns a blind eye to the delay or cancellation of elections in over a dozen American states because of Covid-19. It criticizes China's requirement of LegCo members of the HKSAR to fulfill their constitutional obligation to uphold the Basic Law and swear allegiance to the HKSAR, but neglects the US's requirement of members of the Congress to swear to support the Constitution. Such blatant application of double standards is simply despicable.

 

The spokesperson said that the report distorts the fact by accusing China of undermining "One Country, Two Systems". Since the return of Hong Kong, the Central Government of China has implemented "One Country, Two Systems" in strict accordance with the Constitution of China and the Basic Law of the HKSAR. Hong Kong's international rankings for freedoms, judicial system and the rule of law have surged, and its people are enjoying extensive rights and freedoms unimaginable back in the colonial era. This year, the Central Government has enacted the National Security Law for the HKSAR to plug legal loopholes in safeguarding national security in Hong Kong, and the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress has made a decision to reaffirm the political ethics and legal principle that Hong Kong shall be governed by those loving both the country and the city, while those sowing trouble in Hong Kong and China at large should be out. These efforts have stayed committed to the original aspiration of "One Country, Two Systems", improved its institutional framework and ensured the enduring success of the policy. They have gained broad support among the 1.4 billion Chinese people including Hong Kong compatriots and the international community, and marked a major turning point for Hong Kong to regain its stability. The anti-China forces in and out of Hong Kong, though, have colluded to deny and challenge "One Country" on the pretext of "Two Systems". The US revoked Hong Kong's status as a separate customs territory, predicted doom and gloom for Hong Kong's business environment, and endorsed the attempt to paralyze the body of power of the HKSAR by those with a "burn with us" mentality and criminals, in a bid to mess up the city. It goes without saying who is safeguarding Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, and who is undermining "One Country, Two Systems". The allegations in the report, therefore, are completely misplaced.

 

The spokesperson pointed out that the report lambasts the efforts by the Central and HKSAR governments to address root problems and set things right, recommends extending political asylum to and removing visa barriers for anti-China troublemakers in Hong Kong, and resorts to the old tactic of sanctions. It is a flagrant interference with Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs, a clumsy show to put domestic law above international law, and a contravention of international law and basic norms governing international relations, only to expose the true nature of US hegemony.

 

The spokesperson emphasized that Hong Kong is part of China, and its affairs are China's internal affairs, which allow no external interference. The annual report has no credibility at all and will only end up in the dustbin of history. Hong Kong's future is as closely intertwined with its motherland as ever, and "One Country, Two Systems" will stand unaffected by any smear campaign. Doomed are the attempts to play Hong Kong as a card to contain China, and to meddle with and exert maximum pressure on China. We advise some American politicians to act prudently and refrain from further interference so as to save themselves from more disgrace.

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