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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on US Issuance of the so-called "Hong Kong Business Advisory" and Sanctions on Officials of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong

Q: On July 16, the US government issued the so-called "Hong Kong Business Advisory" and imposed sanctions on seven officials of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong. Does China have any response?

A: The US has concocted the so-called "Hong Kong Business Advisory" to groundlessly smear Hong Kong's business environment, and illegally imposed sanctions on several officials of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR. These acts gravely violate international law and basic norms governing international relations, and severely interfere in China's internal affairs. China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this.

China adheres to the policy of One Country, Two Systems under which the people of Hong Kong administer Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy. Since the implementation of the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong SAR, social stability has been restored in Hong Kong, rule of law has been upheld, and development has been resumed on the right track. Hong Kong residents exercise rights and freedoms in accordance with law, and foreign investors enjoy a business environment with improved safety, stability and predictability. A report released by the IMF not long ago once again recognized Hong Kong's status as a global financial hub. Recent media reports have shown widespread objection to the US government's issuance of the so-called business advisory among the US business community in Hong Kong. However, the US government, turning a blind eye to facts and a deaf ear to the business community's call, attempts to use the so-called business advisory to cast a pall over Hong Kong's prospects and intimidate foreign investors in Hong Kong. This once again exposed the sinister intention of the US to undermine Hong Kong's stability and prosperity, meddle in China's domestic affairs, and thwart China's development. The despicable conspiracy of the US will get nowhere. Hong Kong will surely have a brighter future.

The so-called sanctions imposed by the US are nothing more than a waste of paper. It is simply delusional to believe that China will bow to sanctions. The past few years saw China fighting resolutely against the so-called maximum pressure by the US with strong countermeasures. If the US is bent on continuing with such tricks, we will play along every step of the way until the very end.

Hong Kong is part of China and its affairs are purely China's domestic affairs. External forces that attempt to meddle in Hong Kong affairs will find themselves in a situation like the tiny ants that try to shake the mighty tree. China urges the US to immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs. The Chinese side will take all measures necessary in accordance with law to defend our sovereignty, security and development interests.

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