Commissioner's Office urges American official in Hong Kong to recognize the trend of the times, avoid overstepping the bounds, and immediately stop interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs as a whole

The spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR condemned and firmly opposed the irresponsible comments made by a certain American official posted in Hong Kong about Hong Kong affairs. When giving an interview to several media outlets, the official openly smeared China's significant efforts to improve the electoral system of the HKSAR and to enact and implement the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (National Security Law for the HKSAR), endorsed anti-China troublemakers in the city, and even threatened with sanctions in a blatant violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations.


The spokesperson pointed out that the improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR by the National People's Congress and its Standing Committee is a constitutional, legitimate and reasonable step aimed at adhering to and improving the institutional framework of "One Country, Two Systems" and fully implementing the "patriots administer Hong Kong" principle. It will lead to a democratic system suited to Hong Kong's reality and with Hong Kong characteristics, ensure balanced and orderly political participation across the Hong Kong community, enhance the governance capability of the HKSAR, and safeguard national sovereignty and security and Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability. As a major step forward, the viable arrangement serves the overall, long-run and fundamental interests of Hong Kong society, and has gained broad support among Hong Kong citizens.


The spokesperson emphasized that Hong Kong is governed by the rule of law, where no one is above the law. The National Security Law for the HKSAR has set things right, tackling a small handful of anti-China forces sowing trouble in Hong Kong and endangering national security, while protecting the lawful rights and freedoms of the majority of Hong Kong residents. Jimmy Lai and his ilk have posed a grave threat to Hong Kong by undermining national security, Hong Kong's prosperity and stability and its people's interests in collusion with external forces. The trials of them at Hong Kong courts in accordance with the law are not to be meddled by any external force. The American official's attempt to whitewash and justify them therefore constitutes an assault on the rule of law.


The spokesperson pointed out that the real intention of some in the US citing concerns about democracy and freedoms in Hong Kong is to exploit Hong Kong issues to obstruct China's development. They have never spoken up for the victims of wanton vandalism committed by rioters in the anti-amendment unrest, never shown regard for the shared aspiration of Hong Kong people for stability and development, and never truly cared about the well-being of ordinary citizens of Hong Kong. What they have done, on the contrary, is to anxiously fan the flames and sow discord when Hong Kong is undergoing a critical transition from chaos to stability. People cannot help but wonder: are they standing with Hong Kong people as they claim, or colluding with the small number of troublemakers? For all the reports churned out, accusations in front of the media and threats with sanctions, the US side has shown its true colors in flagrantly interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs as a whole. But such hegemonic behavior will never be tolerated by Chinese people, including our Hong Kong compatriots.


The spokesperson said that no one cares more about the future of Hong Kong, part of China, than the Central Government of China. With the introduction of the National Security Law for the HKSAR and the new electoral system, Hong Kong will be lifted from the longstanding political infighting and confrontation, and focus on improving livelihoods and seeking development. Hong Kong under "One Country, Two Systems" will continue its integration into overall national development, and play a bigger role in bridging the mainland with the rest of the world. The city and its people are sailing towards a better tomorrow. External forces who wish Hong Kong and China at large ill are doomed to be disappointed. We urge them to see the trend of the times, change course as soon as possible, and do what is conducive to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability instead of otherwise.


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