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

Q; On June 9, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy released a statement, claiming that changes to the Hong Kong’s electoral system adopted by China and Hong Kong’s Legislative Council are another “breach” of the “One Country Two Systems” principle. The EU will increase response, consider a visit of high-level officials and step up coordination with international partners. What is your comment?

A: On May 27, the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed through deliberation the Improving the Electoral System (Consolidated Amendments) Bill 2021. Published in the Gazette and coming into effect on May 31, the bill fully and faithfully reflects the basic principles of the Decision of the National People’s Congress on Improving the Electoral System of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and is fully consistent with the Annex I and Annex II to the Hong Kong Basic Law revised by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The bill effectively safeguards the constitutional order of the Hong Kong SAR as stipulated by the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the Hong Kong Basic Law, ensures the implementation of the principle of “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” with patriots as the main body, protects Hong Kong permanent residents’ right to vote and stand for election, and promotes good governance in Hong Kong. This lawful, justifiable and necessary decision have won the hearts and minds of the people. It will help Hong Kong embrace a new chapter of development and prosperity, and promote the steady development of “One Country, Two Systems” at a new stage.

However, the EU side disregards the positive effects that the National Security Law in Hong Kong and changes to the Hong Kong’s electoral system bring about, and ignores its own flaws in human rights and systems. It meddles in Hong Kong affairs under the guise of democracy, human rights and values, undermines “One Country, Two Systems” and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, and even points fingers at the lawmaking activities of legislatures in China and its Hong Kong SAR. China expresses its strong discontent with and firm opposition to such interference. We once again urge the EU to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs, stop futile attempts to assemble small circles against China. The Chinese people will firmly and strongly counter any move to interfere in China’s internal affairs.

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