The spokesperson of the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR strongly disapproved and condemned the continuation of the so-called “National Emergency with Respect to Hong Kong” announced by the US White House, which is the latest case of the US intervention in Hong Kong affairs.
The spokesperson pointed out that the US sanction against Hong Kong on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland has once again exposed America’s power politics and hegemonic thinking. The US overstretched the concept of national security by linking Hong Kong to its “national emergency”, and claimed that the Hong Kong situation poses a threat to its national security, which is a sheer excuse for arbitrary sanctions against Hong Kong and is gross interference into China’s internal affairs.
The spokesperson stressed that the US unilateral sanctions have no basis in international law and have no legitimacy at all. No matter how the US sugarcoats its sanctions, it cannot conceal its illegal nature of seriously violating the principles of international law and the basic norms of international relations.
The spokesperson said that over the 25 years, with the full support of the central government and the common efforts of the SAR government and all social sectors, the practice of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong has been a universally recognized success. Hong Kong has enjoyed robust economic growth and its social programmes have been flourishing. As an international metropolis, Hong Kong enjoys vitality that is the admiration of the world. With the implementation of the National Security Law and the successful practice of the new electoral system in the SAR, China’s national security has been better safeguarded, Hong Kong society more stable and united, and Hong Kong’s democratic development back on the right track, which all contributed to a new chapter of sound governance in Hong Kong.
The spokesperson pointed out that for US politicians, Hong Kong’s stability and sound governance is not in line with the strategic goals and fundamental interests of the US. The more stable Hong Kong is, the more anxious they are. America’s agents have been arrested and its trick to disrupt Hong Kong has misfired. With no more cards in hand, the US resorted to the old trick of sanctions. Facts have proved that US sanctions are just pieces of waste paper. No external interference can weaken the common will of Hong Kong people to safeguard the rule of law and the prosperity and stability of the SAR or damage the firm determination of the Chinese government and people to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.
The spokesperson stressed that Hong Kong is in a new stage of moving from chaos to stability and then to greater prosperity. With the strong support of the central government and the firm backing of the motherland, the new SAR government will rally and lead the 7.5 million Hong Kong people to build Hong Kong a better place. Sanctions to interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs and undermine Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability will never succeed, and the attempts to play the “Hong Kong card” to curb China’s development is just wishful thinking. America’s sanction trick towards Hong Kong has been seen through by people around the world and its sanctions will eventually end up on the ash heap of history.