The spokesperson for the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR strongly disapproved and firmly rejected the so-called Sixth-monthly Report on Hong Kong issued by the British government, which distorted and smeared the Chinese Government’s policies towards Hong Kong, attacked the national security law and Hong Kong’s electoral system, and slandered the situation of human rights and the rule of law in Hong Kong. We urged the British side to abide by the principles of international law and the basic norms of international relations, and stop grossly interfering in Hong Kong affairs.
The spokesperson said that since Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the Chinese Government has fully, faithfully and resolutely implemented the principles of “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and “Hong Kong enjoying a high degree of autonomy”, and the practice of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong has achieved worldly recognized success. The national security law and Hong Kong’s new electoral system have successfully plugged the loopholes in Hong Kong’s maintenance of national security and its electoral mechanism, and the situation in Hong Kong has achieved a major transformation from chaos to stability and prosperity. The freedom of speech, press, association and other lawful rights enjoyed by Hong Kong residents are better protected in a safer environment. By pointing a finger at legitimate actions of the Chinese side for safeguarding national security, the law-based administration of the SAR Government, and fair trials of Hong Kong courts, the British report has been a tool of political performance with no credibility at all.
The spokesperson stressed that since Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the legal basis for the Chinese Government to govern the HKSAR is the Chinese Constitution and the Basic Law of Hong Kong, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration. The British side has neither sovereignty nor right of governance or supervision over Hong Kong after July of 1997. The British side is distorting history and legal principles by talking about the so-called “historic responsibility” towards Hong Kong by citing the Joint Declaration.
The spokesperson pointed out that emerging stronger from ups and downs, Hong Kong is still a paradise for global investors. It continues to be rated as one of the freest and most competitive economies in the world. At present, Hong Kong’s economic and trade cooperation is in full swing, and its tourism industry is also returning to normal. International stakeholders are full of confidence in the future of Hong Kong. We firmly believe that with the strong backing of the motherland, the common efforts of Hong Kong compatriots, and a solid foundation for good governance, Hong Kong has broader room for development, stronger driving force and brighter prospects.
The spokesperson stressed that Hong Kong is part of China and Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. Slander and smear cannot change the determination of Hong Kong compatriots to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, cannot damage the stability and prosperity in Hong Kong, and cannot stop the sustained implementation of “one country, two systems”. We urge the British side to recognize the reality, follow the historical trend, stop the colonial nostalgia, and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs.