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Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the European Parliament Resolution on Hong Kong

Q: On January 21, the European Parliament adopted a resolution expressing concerns over the "crackdown on the democratic opposition in Hong Kong ", and claiming that the Hong Kong National Security Law contravenes the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermines the “One Country, Two Systems”. The Resolution calls on China to immediately release those arrested and urges the European Council to impose sanctions on the relevant Chinese and Hong Kong personnel. What is your comment?

A: By pushing for the adoption of the so-called resolution, some MEPs have confounded right and wrong. Such a move grossly interferes in China's internal affairs and Hong Kong affairs. China strongly condemns and is firmly opposed to the move.

The Chinese government governs Hong Kong in accordance with the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration. No country or organization has any right to meddle in Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of the Joint Declaration. The Hong Kong national security law only targets criminal activities that seriously undermine national security, and has closed the legislative loopholes in terms of upholding national security in Hong Kong. The law represents a major step to improve the “One Country, Two Systems”. With the implementation of the law, peace and stability have been restored and justice upheld in the Hong Kong society, and the legitimate rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents have been better protected in a safer environment. These are undeniable facts.

What I want to reiterate is that China is a country under the rule of law and that Hong Kong is a law-based society where all are equal before law. Laws must be observed and offences must be held accountable. This is basically what the rule of law is all about. The competent Chinese and HKSAR authorities penalize criminal activities in accordance with law, uphold the rule of law, fairness and justice, and safeguard China's sovereignty and security. This is beyond reproach and should not be discredited. Hong Kong affairs, including individual judicial cases and local elections, are entirely China's internal affairs. No foreign government, organization or individual has any right to interfere.

We urge the European Parliament to recognize the fact that Hong Kong has returned to China, abide by international law and the basic norms governing international relations, reject double standards, earnestly respect China's sovereignty and the rule of law in Hong Kong, and immediately stop interfering in any format in China's internal affairs and Hong Kong affairs.

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