Spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office urges the US Consulate-General in Hong Kong to stop despicable attempts at vilifying the National Security Law for the HKSAR

The spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR condemned the blatant vilification by the US Consulate-General in Hong Kong of 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") in disregard of the truth, and expressed strong disapproval of and firm opposition to such flagrant interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs at large in breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations.


The spokesperson said that the National Security Law for the HKSAR punishes a very small handful of criminals gravely endangering national security, and provides a solid legal safeguard for Hong Kong's transition from chaos to stability. Over the past year since its implementation, social unrest caused by rampant black violence has ended, peace has been restored, and the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong citizens have been better protected in a safe environment. It is purely out of ideological bias and ulterior agenda that the US has selectively turned a blind eye to all these facts, laying bare its motive to sow trouble in Hong Kong.


The spokesperson pointed out that the National Security Law for the HKSAR stipulates that human rights shall be respected and protected; that the rights and freedoms, including the freedoms of speech, of the press, of publication, of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration, which the residents of the Region enjoy under the Basic Law of the HKSAR and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as applied to Hong Kong, shall be protected in accordance with the law; and that principles of the rule of law shall be adhered to, including the principle of legality, presumption of innocence, the rule against double jeopardy, the protection of the rights of the parties in judicial proceedings, and fair trial. The US itself has established a rigorous legal framework for safeguarding national security, and shows no mercy in cracking down on offences endangering national security. It has even abused the national security concept to harm the legitimate rights and interests of businesses and citizens of other countries. So on what grounds can the US, with such a poor record, heap groundless accusations upon the National Security Law for the HKSAR?


The spokesperson pointed out that the legal basis for the Chinese government's governance of the HKSAR are the Constitution of the PRC and the Basic Law of the HKSAR, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration. The Joint Declaration is essentially about China's resumption of the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and arrangements for the transitional period, and all the clauses have been fulfilled. After Hong Kong returned to China on July 1, 1997, no foreign country, including the US, has the right to meddle with Hong Kong affairs on the pretext of the Joint Declaration.


The spokesperson emphasized that Hong Kong is part of China and that its affairs are China's internal affairs. The Chinese government is firmly committed to safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, to implementing the "One Country, Two Systems" policy, and to opposing any external interference in Hong Kong affairs. We again urge the US side to reverse course, correct its mistakes, immediately stop interference in China's internal affairs in whatever form, and avoid going further down the wrong path. Otherwise, it would be playing with fire and would definitely get itself burned.

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