The US side is in no position to meddle with Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of values

The spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR said that the op-ed (2 April, South China Morning Post) by a principal official of the US Consulate-General in Hong Kong has distorted the truth, and vilified 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") and the improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR by the Central authorities of China in accordance with the law. Such gross interference in Hong Kong affairs has again laid bare the entrenched ideological bias, double standards and hegemonic thinking of some people in the US.


The spokesperson said that no one wishes more for the success of "One Country, Two Systems" or cares more about the well-being of our Hong Kong compatriots than the Chinese government. Both the introduction of the National Security Law for the HKSAR and the improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR are aimed to stay committed to the original mission of "One Country, Two Systems", ensure the policy is not distorted or bent, and maintain the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong in the long run. If some in the US feel it "harder to recognize the Hong Kong" they are familiar with just because the National Security Law has plugged the loopholes in safeguarding national security in Hong Kong and the improvement of the electoral system ensures patriots administer Hong Kong, it only proves that they have a false understanding of "One Country, Two Systems" and that it is timely and necessary for the Central Government to set things right by exercising its powers conferred by the Constitution and the Basic Law.


The spokesperson pointed out that legislating on national security is an international norm and falls within national sovereignty, and it is a universal principle that administrators must be patriots. While having one of the most rigorous systems of national security legislation at home and often abusing the national security rationale to hurt other countries' lawful rights and interests, the US, however, has obstructed the implementation of the National Security Law in Hong Kong. For instance, some in the US claim that "'Patriotism' cannot be legislated". But the law of the US itself clearly stipulates that the first general principle of the basic obligation of public service is to pledge loyalty to the US Constitution and laws. Anyone shall not be allowed to serve in the US government if he/she advocates the overthrow of the constitutional form of government, or participates in a strike against the US government, or participates in an organization that engages in such activities. The US criminal law also provides that people who commit crimes such as rioting and treason shall be incapable of holding any office in the US. Therefore, those heaping accusations on the National Security Law for the HKSAR are essentially denying others legitimate rights while believing they can have their own way.


The spokesperson pointed out that during the anti-amendment unrest in 2019, Hong Kong was roiled by rampant black violence, pro-independence movement and "mutual destruction" activities. Black-clad rioters stormed the LegCo, committed vandalism and arson in the streets, beat up and attacked police officers, and even doused an ordinary citizen in flammable liquid in broad daylight. But some American politicians still have the heart to selectively turn a blind eye to the fact out of self-interest, portray all this as "peaceful demonstrations", and try to justify the criminal suspects till this day. By contrast, when similar chaos occurred in the US in January, these American politicians unanimously condemned it as an "insurrection" and tagged the protesters as rioters and extremists. Isn't that sheer hypocrisy and a perfect example of double standards?  


The spokesperson pointed out that some in the US keep claiming to stand with Hong Kong people and urging the SAR Government to be "responsive to the concerns of Hong Kongers". But the fact is that what the majority of Hong Kong citizens want are the rule of law and social stability, not violence, "mutual destruction" activities or external interference. In 2020, more than 2.92 million Hong Kong people signed a petition in support of the National Security Law for the HKSAR. In recent days, over 2.38 million signatures of Hong Kong citizens were collected in support of the decision by the National People's Congress on improving the electoral system of the HKSAR, and polls showed that 70% of citizens agree the improvement has boosted their confidence in Hong Kong's future. This, is the true mainstream public opinion in Hong Kong.


The spokesperson pointed out that the US side tries to evade accountability by alleging that "foreign forces" were invoked to "shift blame". But the fact is that during the anti-amendment unrest, some American politicians staged political shows one after another and competed to be the cheerleader for the violent criminals. A certain US congressman even showed up in Hong Kong dressed in all black, telling a glaring lie that he had not seen violence on the part of the protesters. Also, the US government and Congress passed a string of Hong Kong-related acts and slapped sanctions under the guise of human rights and freedoms, which severely undermined China's sovereignty and security, and trampled upon the rule of law, prosperity and stability of Hong Kong. It is only fair to conclude that they have interfered with Hong Kong affairs.


The spokesperson emphasized that with the implementation of the National Security Law and the new electoral system, the institutional foundation of "One Country, Two Systems" will be bolstered, and the lawful rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents better protected. The way of life Hong Kong people are familiar with will remain unchanged, economic and social problems be more effectively addressed, and the existing strengths of the city be further enhanced. Hong Kong will surely sail towards a better future with the staunch support from its motherland and the united efforts of its people. Meanwhile, gone are the days when foreign forces ran amok in an unguarded Hong Kong and even took it as an independent or semi-independent political entity.


The spokesperson declared that no external interference, pressure or sanction would ever rock the determination of the Chinese government to fully and faithfully implement "One Country, Two Systems", or reverse the historical trend of the restoration of stability to Hong Kong and the enduring success of "One Country, Two Systems", or weaken the firm will of the Chinese government and people to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests. What the US side needs to do is confront its problems and manage its own house well, instead of dictating at others all around. We again urge the US side to abide by the principle of non-interference in international law and other basic norms governing international relations for the sake of its own interests and image, and stop meddling with Hong Kong affairs, which are China's internal affairs, on the pretext of values like human rights, freedoms and democracy.

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