Zhao Lijian: US should not interfere with the relationship between Hong Kong and China

Hong Kong China Review News Agency reporter: According to reports on May 27, US Secretary of State Pompeo issued a statement stating that China imposed national security legislation on Hong Kong, weakening Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedom, and confirmed to the US Council that Hong Kong should no longer enjoy the treatment granted by US law before July 1997. What is China’s comment?

The National People’s Congress of China made a decision on the establishment and improvement of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s legal system and enforcement mechanism to safeguard national security. It is entirely within China’s internal affairs, and no foreign country has the right to interfere. Pompeo also tweeted that he was standing with the people of Hong Kong. He was putting gold on his face! He is standing with those “Hong Kong independence” elements and violent elements! Pompeo’s remarks completely violated the basic principles of international relations and seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs. China expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition.

National security is a basic prerequisite for the survival and development of a country. Hong Kong’s national security legislation punishes a very small number of “Hong Kong independence” elements and violent elements that seriously endanger national security, and protects the legitimate rights and freedoms of Hong Kong’s citizens. No country will allow activities that endanger national security, such as splitting the country on its own territory. The Chinese government’s determination to safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development is unswerving, the determination to implement the “one country, two systems” policy and the determination to oppose any external forces to interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs is unswerving.

We urge the US to correct its mistakes immediately, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. Any action that undermines or obstructs the National People’s Congress on Hong Kong-related national security legislation is improper and is doomed to failure.

China Daily reporter: On the 28th, the foreign ministers of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada issued a joint statement stating that the National People’s Congress of China passed the Hong Kong-related national security legislation to violate the international obligations stipulated in the principles of the “Sino-British Joint Declaration” and damage the “one country, two systems” framework. What is China’s comment?

I will restate that the National People’s Congress of China made a decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It is entirely within China’s internal affairs, and no foreign country has the right to interfere. Certain countries have made rash remarks and accusations and grossly interfered in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs. China expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this. And has made solemn representations to those countries.

In any country in the world, whether it is a unitary system or a federal system, national security legislation belongs to the national legislative power. Maintaining national security has always been the central authority, which is true in any country. No country is allowed to engage in actions that endanger national security such as splitting the country.

As China resumed its sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, all rights and obligations related to the British in the “Sino-British Joint Declaration” have been fulfilled. After the return of Hong Kong, the legal basis for the Chinese government to govern the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is the Constitution of the People ’s Republic of China and the Basic Law of Hong Kong, not the “Sino-British Joint Declaration.” The countries backing the US position have no legal basis and no qualification to invoke the “Sino-British Joint Declaration” to make irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs.

Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong. No one is more concerned about the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and the fundamental well-being of Hong Kong residents than the central government of China. No one is more determined than the central government to fully implement the “one country, two systems” policy and basic law. We urge the countries concerned to respect China ’s sovereignty, abide by international laws and basic principles of international relations, stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China ’s internal affairs in any way, and do more things that are conducive to Hong Kong ’s prosperity and stability and the development of bilateral relations.

Agence France Presse reporter: According to reports that the Trump administration is considering cancelling visas for thousands of Chinese graduate students. What is China’s comment?

American leaders have repeatedly expressed that they welcome Chinese students to study in the United States. When the two heads of state spoke on March 27, American leaders once again stated: “The American people respect and love the Chinese people very much. Chinese students are very important to the US education. The US will protect Chinese citizens and Chinese students in the United States. Does the US intend to break their promises?

From time to time, a series of negative attitude adopted by the United States in the field of humanitarian exchanges between China and the United States have completely run counter to the concept of openness and freedom that the United States has self-proclaimed. These Humanitarian exchange positions have severely damaged the social foundation of relations between the two countries, and exposed the deep-rooted Cold War thinking of some people in the United States– Is the infamous “McCarthyism” in American history resurging?

If the U.S. government blatantly takes measures that harm the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese students studying in the United States, it will be obvious political persecution and racial discrimination, which will seriously violate the human rights of Chinese students studying in the United States. We urge the US to abide by the commitments of US leaders and immediately stop using various excuses to unreasonably restrict and suppress Chinese students studying in the United States. We support Chinese students studying abroad to protect their legitimate rights and interests according to law.

Source: https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/web/fyrbt_673021/jzhsl_673025/t1784058.shtml

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