Commissioner's Office: US consular official in Hong Kong should stop groundless accusations

The spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR condemned and firmly opposed the unwarranted remarks about Hong Kong made by a certain US consular official in an interview. The comments flagrantly distorted the truth, vilified the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR (National Security Law for the HKSAR), spread doom and gloom about Hong Kong, and constituted a grave breach of the speaker’s duty as a consular official.

The spokesperson said that the National Security Law for the HKSAR has addressed the root of problems, plugged loopholes in safeguarding national security in Hong Kong, and ended the rampant “Hong Kong independence” movement and black violence. Hong Kong is going through a major transformation from chaos to stability, and starting a new chapter towards greater prosperity. The US itself has the world’s most rigorous system of national security legislation applicable to every inch of its land, including overseas territories, and frequently abuses national security grounds to undermine other countries’ lawful rights and interests. Isn’t it an epitome of double standards, ideological bias and hegemonic thinking that it should smear and obstruct China’s legitimate efforts to enact and implement the National Security Law for the HKSAR?

The spokesperson emphasized that the Central Government of China has implemented “One Country, Two Systems” in strict accordance with the Constitution of the PRC and the Basic Law of the HKSAR since Hong Kong’s return. Accordingly, Hong Kong has risen significantly in international rankings for freedoms, judicial system and the rule of law, performing steadily better than the US, and Hong Kong people are enjoying extensive rights and freedoms unimaginable back in the colonial era. In comparison, the human rights record of the US can be described as pathetic at best, with racial discrimination and police violence occurring from time to time, and gun sales and shootings hitting record highs. A recent poll of 53 countries and regions shows that the US is seen as the biggest threat to democracy. The US, therefore, is in no place to interfere in Hong Kong affairs on the pretext of human rights and democracy.

The spokesperson said that over the past year since the implementation of the National Security Law for the HKSAR, Hong Kong society has resumed normalcy, international capital keeps pouring in, and foreign businesses in the city are more bullish about its prospects. A survey by AmCham Hong Kong showed that 77% value the good quality of life here and 55% its excellent business environment. A new report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also reaffirmed Hong Kong’s position as an international financial center, casting a vote of confidence in the city. Therefore, by telling blatant lies and spreading malicious rumors about Hong Kong’s future, the US official has only laid bare an ill intention of wishing Hong Kong and China at large ill.

The spokesperson emphasized that China stays committed to providing necessary assistance and support to the lawful performance of duty by foreign consular organs in Hong Kong. At the same time, the latter should respect and abide by the National Security Law for the HKSAR, international law including the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and basic norms governing international relations. No attempt shall ever be made to meddle with Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs as a whole on the pretext of upholding “the freedom of speech”, or to engage in any activity that may undermine China’s national security and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.

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