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To the Editorial Board at the Wall Street Journal
2024-03-21 23:01

Editorial Board at the Wall Street Journal:

Your editorialtitled“Hong Kong’s Giant Leap Backward” published days agostarted with the sensational claim that Hong Kong has become “a more dangerous place” after the passage of its local national security legislation, and at its end, clamored that “enter Hong Kong at your own risk”.Well, thats no surprise. Being alarmist has long been a silver bulletfor you to catch your readerseyes.

A Hong Kong journalisttold me that when he was traveling to another country a couple of years ago, the hotel owner was surprised to learn that he was from Hong Kong because he thought that all Hong Kongers had lost their freedom to travel overseas. Some of the businessmen he met in the United States also shuddered at the thought of visiting Hong Kong for the fear of being locked upas you repeated in your piece. I believe, many Western media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, should take credit for their distorted Hong Kong impression.

You said in the editorial that Hong Kongs “controversial”national security law in 2020 was apparently not enough”and a new draconianlegislation comes atop it. Well, I know you are just playing dumb, but in case some on your editorial board really dont know, here is the thing:the national security law in 2020 covers only two of the seven categories of crimes under Article 23 of Hong Kongs Basic Law, namely, secession and subversion, and the other five crimes, such as treason and theft of state secretsare not included. On top of it, some existing ordinances in Hong Kong still retain such anachronism as the Crownand Her Majesty, smacking heavily of colonialism, from which Hong Kong has broken free for almost 27 years, if I may remind you.

Labeling Hong Kongs new national security legislation as sweepingand its terms conveniently vague” is a downright double standard. The new law has referred to the laws of many common law jurisdictions, including the United States, and is consistent with the definitions of termsindifferent countries’ national securitylegislation. At the same time, the lawfits Hong Kong as the HKSAR Governmenthas taken Hong Kong’s reality into full consideration.The piece also trumped up another charge against Hong Kong by accusing the new law of regarding foreign influence as a threat, as no such a phrase can be found in the text of the bill.

The editorial asserts that Hong Kong“turning attention to the economymay be too late. Dont be a worrywart. You have been doomsayingabout China maybe hundreds of timesfor the past decades, but the accuracy is pathetic.

Spokesperson of the Commissioner’s Office of the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China in the HKSAR

     March 21, 2024