Commissioner's Office: No foreign interference is allowed in Hong Kong affairs
2021/01/10
 

The spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office condemned and firmly opposed the joint statement by some politicians in the US and several other Western countries, which smeared the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR (National Security Law for the HKSAR) and made groundless accusations against the Hong Kong police's arrests of a small handful of anti-China troublemakers in the city in accordance with the law. The joint statement, said the spokesperson, is a clear breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations, and a flagrant interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs as a whole.

 

The spokesperson said that the 53 people plotted and organized the so-called "35 plus plan" and "ten-step mutual destruction scheme" in a blatant attempt to paralyze the HKSAR Government, and are therefore suspected of subversion under Article 22 of the National Security Law for the HKSAR. They are by no means pro-democracy activists as some Western politicians claimed, but criminal suspects arrested for subverting state power and jeopardizing national security. No one has the right or freedom above the law to damage national security. The law enforcement actions by the Hong Kong police are aimed to better protect the rights and freedoms of the vast majority of law-abiding citizens, and to safeguard national security, the stability of Hong Kong and its citizens' safety.

 

The spokesperson pointed out that the relevant Western politicians have applied outright double standards by vilifying the National Security Law together again and again while ignoring their own rigorous legal system to safeguard national security at home. This in itself, though, shows that the National Security Law for the HKSAR has effectively plugged the loophole used by external forces to collude with anti-China troublemakers in the city to undermine Hong Kong's stability and development. The fact has and will continue to prove that gone are the days when the troublemakers both in and out of Hong Kong could run amok and endanger China's national security.

 

The spokesperson emphasized that China is a rule of law country and Hong Kong a rule of law society. We firmly support the HKSAR Government's law-based governance and the police's law enforcement actions so as to ensure further success of "One Country, Two Systems" under the protection of the National Security Law for the HKSAR. We urge some Western politicians to see things as they are, observe international law and basic norms governing international relations, and immediately stop meddling with Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs.

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