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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the EEAS Spokesperson's Statement on Macao

Q: On July 31, the EEAS Spokesperson issued a statement, claiming that the disqualification of 21 candidates from running for the Legislative Assembly elections in September by the Macao authorities runs counter to the rights guaranteed in Macao’s Basic Law, undermines political pluralism and curtails democratic debate, and calling for protected rights and freedoms to be upheld in Macao. What is your response?

A: Exercising judicial power in accordance with the law is a sacred duty of the courts of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China at all levels as stipulated by the Constitution of China and the Basic Law of Macao SAR. It is an important mission of the SAR courts at all levels to safeguard the constitutional order of the SAR, pursue fairness and justice and promote social governance in accordance with the law and in an orderly manner.

Upholding the Basic Law of the Macao SAR and pledging allegiance to the Macao SAR are statutory requirements for members of the Legislative Assembly under the Basic Law of the Macao SAR. The relevant ruling of the Court of Final Appeal of the Macao SAR has a solid legal and factual basis. It is supported by people of all sectors in the Macao SAR as it safeguards the constitutional order of the SAR as established by the Constitution and the Basic Law, upholds the seriousness and legal procedures of the election of the seventh Legislative Assembly of the Macao SAR, and demonstrates the impartiality and authority of the judiciary of the SAR.

It must be pointed out that since Macao’s return to the motherland more than two decades ago, the implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” has been a success and Macao residents have enjoyed rights and freedoms at an unprecedented level in accordance with the law. We are confident that, with the strong support of the Central Government and the joint efforts of all parties in Macao, the seventh Legislative Assembly election of the Macao SAR will be held smoothly. The principle of “One Country, Two Systems” with Macao characteristics will continue to make steady and sustained progress.

The affairs of the Macao SAR are entirely China’s internal affairs and allow no interference from any external force. The EEAS Spokesperson’s statement is a serious violation of international law and the basic norms of international relations. We express our strong disapproval of and firm opposition to it.

For quite some time, the EU has repeatedly pointed fingers at China over Hong Kong and Macao SAR’s affairs. It needs to be made clear to the EU side that the Chinese people will never accept preaching from those who feel they have the right to lecture others, and that attempts to interfere in the name of “democracy and freedom” are doomed to fail. We would urge the EU side to respect China’s sovereignty and immediately stop in any form meddling in the affairs of the SAR, which are China’s internal affairs.

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