The spokesperson for the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR strongly disapproved and condemned the so-called Hong Kong-related resolution adopted by the European Parliament, which openly showed support to Jimmy Lai and other anti-China forces in Hong Kong, clamored for sanctions against officials of the Chinese Central Government and the HKSAR Government, grossly interfered with Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs, and wantonly trampled on the principles of international law and the basic norms governing international relations.
The spokesperson said that Hong Kong is a society governed by the rule of law. No one has the privilege to be above the law, and no rights and freedoms can infringe upon social and public interests, which is a provision of international conventions and a global common legal practice. Criminals such as Jimmy Lai colluded with external forces to endanger national security, deliberately undermined Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, and harmed the interests and well-being of Hong Kong people. The judiciary of the SAR has conducted public trials in strict accordance with laws, which embodies the principle that laws must be observed, strictly enforced, and prosecuted. It is a necessary move to safeguard the authority of the national security law and to protect peace and tranquility in Hong Kong. The relevant case is still under trial, and the procedure is open, law-based and beyond reproach!
The spokesperson pointed out that politicians of the European Parliament do not take the national economy and people’s livelihood as their duty, but instead used the Hong Kong issue to make a show by maliciously slandering the national security law and the rule of law in the SAR under the pretext of "human rights", "democracy" and "freedom", clamoring for punishing Chinese officials and attempting to whitewash criminals. They could no longer take advantage from the chaos in Hong Kong, and are not reconciled to the prosperity of Hong Kong, so they turn to attack and smear the good governance of Hong Kong. Their support to anti-China forces in Hong Kong to gain political capital is nothing more than a botched political performance!
The spokesperson stressed that the trend of Hong Kong moving from chaos to stability and prosperity is irreversible. The political drama of a small number of foreign politicians cannot shake the SAR Government’s firm determination to administer Hong Kong according to law and hold crimes accountable, cannot change the strong will of the Central Government and the SAR Government to safeguard national security, and cannot stop the sustained success of “one country, two systems”. We urge the politicians of the European Parliament to clearly understand the situation, put themselves in the right position, change course, immediately stop the futile act of sugarcoating criminals, stop the bullying act that threatens sanctions, and stop the wishful thinking of using Hong Kong to contain China!