Spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office: US sanctions will only be self-defeating

The spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office expressed strong indignation over and protested against the so-called sanctions announced by the US Department of Treasury on officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs of the Central People's Government and the HKSAR Government, stressing that such sanctions will only be self-defeating.

The spokesperson said that it is a legitimate right of countries to formulate and implement national security legislation. By establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in the HKSAR, the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the National Security Law) has brought Hong Kong back to the right track, ensured greater success of "One Country, Two Systems", and therefore gained broad popular support. But the US side has been bent on obstructing and undermining the efforts to safeguard national security in the HKSAR, by attacking and smearing the National Security Law and now imposing so-called sanctions on officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs of the Central Government and the HKSAR Government. In doing so, it has laid bare its intention to deny others the basic right to install a security door at home, its hegemonic practice of trampling upon principles of international law and basic norms governing international relations, and its hypocrisy in claiming commitment to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

The spokesperson pointed out that Hong Kong is part of China, and any external force shall not interfere with Hong Kong affairs. The HKSAR has the full support of its motherland. Therefore, no scheme to mess up Hong Kong will ever succeed, and no coercion, pressure or sanction will ever hold back the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the enduring success of "One Country, Two Systems".

The spokesperson emphasized that the Chinese government is rock-firm in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, in implementing the "One Country, Two Systems" policy, and in opposing external interference in Hong Kong affairs. Any US sanction is futile. On the contrary, it will only reflect the wishful thinking to play Hong Kong as a card against China and anxiety about China's development, and further confirm that "One Country, Two Systems" will enjoy brighter prospects and that China's national rejuvenation is an unstoppable trend. Any meddling force confronting the 1.4 billion Chinese people, including our Hong Kong compatriots, will end up in repeated failures.

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