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Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the EEAS Statement on Hong Kong

Q: On 16 April, EEAS Spokesperson issued a statement, claiming the sentencing of 10 “pro-democracy” activists for non-violent acts in Hong Kong is a further sign of the continued diminution of the democratic space and erosion of fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong. It added that these developments in Hong Kong call into question China’s will to uphold its international commitments, undermine trust, and impact EU-China relations. What is China’s response?

A: China’s Hong Kong is under the rule of law where all are equal before the law. No one has any privilege beyond the law. Laws shall be observed and offenses shall be held accountable. This is basically what the rule of law is all about.

The defendants in the relevant cases are convicted in accordance with law for organizing and knowingly participating in an unauthorized assembly. The court in Hong Kong has already made public the reasons of conviction and sentencing standards. For the parties concerned who have issues with the ruling, they have the right to appeal in accordance with law. Their lawful rights and interests will be guaranteed according to law.

In total disregard for the basic facts that the Chinese government and the Hong Kong SAR government handle Hong Kong affairs in strict accordance with the Basic Law, the EU side grossly interferes in the judicial activities of China’s Hong Kong and gravely tramples on the rule of law under the pretext of its own values. We are firmly opposed to this move.

In today’s China, long gone are the days when a few in the West could always have their will. We strongly urge the EU side to observe the international law of non-interference in others’ internal affairs, which is a basic norm governing international relations, and stop meddling in China’s internal affairs in any form so as to maintain the sound development of China-EU relations.

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