The Commissioner's Office firmly supports the Law of the People's Republic of China on Countering Foreign Sanctions
2021/06/13

In response to media inquiries about how the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR perceives the adoption of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Countering Foreign Sanctions (the Law), the spokesperson said that the introduction of the Law is of great relevance and far-reaching significance as an urgent step to hit back hegemonism and power politics practiced by some Western countries, to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, and to seek coordinated development of domestic and foreign-related rule of law. The Commissioner’s Office firmly supports it.

The spokesperson pointed out that some Western countries, in a bid to curb China’s development, have long been rolling out legislation to meddle with China’s internal affairs or imposing illegitimate sanctions through executive procedures on Chinese institutions, organizations and individuals on the pretext of upholding democracy and human rights, exploiting issues related to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, Xinjiang, sea and Covid-19. Such acts have constituted a flagrant interference in China’s internal affairs, an infringement of China’s national sovereignty and dignity, and a grave breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations. Therefore, it is with great necessity and urgency that China has taken the legitimate countermeasure of enacting and implementing the Law to defend national sovereignty, security and development interests and lawful rights and interests of Chinese citizens and organizations, in line with both international norm and the shared aspiration of Chinese people.

The spokesperson emphasized that the Law has specified countermeasures including denying entry, sealing up, seizing and freezing property, and prohibiting or restricting from conducting transactions and cooperation. Such necessary, legitimate and reciprocal measures fundamentally differ from the unilateral sanction and hegemonic acts some Western countries often resort to. The Law does not target any specific country. It only takes aim at a very few foreign entities and individuals infringing upon China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, while the innocent will stay unaffected.

The spokesperson said that by better coordinating development and security, the Law will contribute to higher-level opening-up instead of affecting law-abiding market entities in China. China will continue to welcome and support foreign business’s operation and cooperation in China as ever. It will continue to provide them with a predictable rule-of-law environment and a stable business environment, and protect their lawful rights and interests. China stays committed to sharing development opportunities with other countries to achieve win-win cooperation.

The spokesperson emphasized that China is no longer what it was over a century ago, nor is the world what it was back then. Any external interference in China’s internal affairs in whatever form will surely be resolutely opposed by the 1.4 billion Chinese people, including our Hong Kong compatriots. Any hegemonic act to undermine China’s sovereignty, security and development interests through illegitimate unilateral sanction will surely be firmly hit back by the Chinese government and people. And any external force doing so is doomed to pay a heavy price and end in failure.

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