The spokesperson for the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR strongly disapproved and firmly rejected the letter of the chairs of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), Representative Chris Smith and Senator Jeff Merkley, to the British Prime Minister, which calls for UK-US coordination of actions on Hong Kong issues to pressure China, and attacks the rule of law in Hong Kong by hyping the Jimmy Lai case.
The spokesperson reiterated that since the implementation of the national security law, Hong Kong society has returned to normal, the lawful rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents have been better protected, and Hong Kong enjoys bright prospects for development. However, a few American politicians are obsessed with interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs, and try to intimidate China by wielding sanction sticks. Their botched trick of “using Hong Kong to contain China” has long been seen through.
The spokesperson said that Hong Kong is a society governed by the rule of law where laws must be abided by and lawbreakers held accountable. During the 2019 turbulence, anti-China force Jimmy Lai incited violence and openly said he was “fighting for the United States”. The facts of his suspicion of violating the national security law are clear. The handling of the Jimmy Lai case by the HKSAR complies with laws and will help safeguard the rule of law in Hong Kong. It has nothing to do with freedom of the press and speech, and brooks no foreign interference. A few American politicians have frequently poked their noses into the Jimmy Lai case under the pretext of freedom of the press, and now even attempt to coordinate with allies to pressure China, which will only prove to be another flop.
The spokesperson stressed that Hong Kong is part of China, the historical process of righting wrongs in Hong Kong is unstoppable, and all foreign interference and smearing will come a cropper. No one can be above the law no matter who is behind him. We urge the relevant institutions and politicians of the US Congress to recognize the facts, abide by international law and basic norms governing international relations, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs by piecing together small blocs.