On Thursday, U.S. Senate unanimously approved Hong Kong Autonomy Act paving the way to US-CCP decouple, because banks will be penalized for doing business with Chinese officials related to the notorious national security law, which ended Hong Kong’s “one country two systems”.
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CCP strongly condemns US Senate sanctions bill on Hong Kong
China’s National People’s Congress on Thursday strongly condemned the so-called “Hong Kong Autonomy Act” passed by the US Senate recently, calling it “a serious violation” of international law and basic norms of international relations.
The bill, passed by the US Senate last Thursday, imposes sanctions on foreign individuals and entities that “contribute to China’s failure to preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy.”
Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, said in a statement released on Wednesday that the Act was to respond China’s passage of the new national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday.
The National People’s Congress Foreign Affairs Committee said in a statement Thursday that the move seriously breached international law and basic norms and was gross interference in Hong Kong affairs, which are China’s internal affairs.
National security legislation falls squarely under the purview of central governments in all countries in the world. The Central government holds the greatest and ultimate responsibility for the national security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the statement said.
The NPC Standing Committee formulated the law in accordance with China’s Constitution and Hong Kong’s Basic Law, as well as the relevant decision adopted by China’s top legislature. It is entirely China’s internal affair and no foreign country has the right to interfere, it said.
The national security law targets only a very small number of acts that seriously endanger national security. It helps resolutely and effectively safeguard national security and the rule of law in Hong Kong, suppress violence and chaos, and protect all rights enjoyed by Hong Kong residents.
It provides powerful protection for HKSAR’s high degree of autonomy and ensures a stable and farther advancement of the “one country, two systems” cause, it said.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and Chinese government governs Hong Kong based on China’s Constitution, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
After Hong Kong was handed back to China from British control, the Chinese government has made clear and incorporated the principles and policies toward Hong Kong into the Basic Law, which has been fully and effectively implemented. Therefore there is no such case as “China violating international obligations”, it added.
“We strongly urge the US Congress and some politicians immediately stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, including Hong Kong affairs, in any way,” it said, adding that China will take “all necessary measures” to respond resolutely if the US side obstinately sticks to the Act.
CCP defends National Security Law at its daily press conference
Global Times: US Secretary of State Pompeo said in recent statements that the CPC implemented its national security law on Hong Kong in contravention of Hong Kongers’ human rights and fundamental freedoms, that it’s turning “One Country, Two Systems” into “One Country, One System”, and that it demonstrates once again that Beijing’s commitments to the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration are empty words. I wonder what’s China’s comment on that?
Zhao Lijian: Day after day, Mr. Pompeo’s lies and rumors demonstrate nothing but ignorance and prejudice.
First, his ignorance of the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR. Pulling human rights into this is just fact-distorting. The Law clearly stipulates that “Human rights shall be respected and protected in safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,” and that “The rights and freedoms…which the residents of the Region enjoy under the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as applied to Hong Kong, shall be protected in accordance with the law.” The Law protects the overwhelming majority of people while punishing only a very small number of perpetrators. After it is enacted, Hong Kong will enjoy more stable social order and better business environment, where Hong Kong residents and foreign investors can all benefit.
Second, his ignorance of “one country, two systems”. The Chinese government is determined in implementing “one country, two systems”, a basic state policy. The adoption of this Law is not aimed to alter “one country, two systems”, but to improve and better act on “one country, two systems” and ensure its faithful and steady implementation.
Third, his ignorance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. After Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, all the provisions concerning the British side in the Joint Declaration were fulfilled. The basic policies regarding Hong Kong declared by China in the Joint Declaration are China’s statement of policies, not commitment to the UK, and they certainly have nothing to do with the US.
Fourth, his ignorance of international law and basic norms governing international relations. It is consistent with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter to respect other countries’ sovereignty and refrain from interfering in other countries’ internal affairs. It’s completely China’s internal affair to formulate a law on safeguarding national security in a subnational administrative region. Is the US in any way qualified to utter wanton comments on that?
The reason why Mr. Pompeo and his like make such a fuss about the Law is that they won’t be able to jeopardize China’s sovereignty and security in as reckless and unchecked ways as before. The Law is like a burglar-proof door for Hong Kong. We have every confidence that it will get Hong Kong back onto the right path of development and help it regain its repute as the “Pearl of the Orient”.
NBC News: Is China concerned about the impact of the Hong Kong national security law on its relations with other countries, in particular the US?
Zhao Lijian: If you have to weigh national security against bilateral relations, it is only too evident which is more important.
This national security law takes into full consideration the realistic needs of safeguarding national security and the specific conditions of the HKSAR and sets out systemic and comprehensive provisions regarding a legal system and enforcement mechanisms at both national and SAR levels. This upholds the constitutional order in the HKSAR established by the Constitution and the Basic Law and demonstrates the inherent requirements of “one country, two systems”. The law applies to four categories of criminal behaviors that gravely undermine national security. It will only target very few criminals but protect the vast majority of Hong Kong people. Its implementation will strengthen Hong Kong’s legal framework, ensure social order, improve business environment, and benefit Hong Kong citizens and international investors. We have every confidence in the bright prospects of Hong Kong.
Nobody and nothing could shake the Chinese government and people’s resolution and will to safeguard national sovereignty and security and uphold Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. Any attempt seeking to undermine China’s sovereignty, security and development interests is doomed to fail.
BBC: Hong Kong’s Bar Association has said today in a statement that it is gravely concerned about the national security law in Hong Kong and the manner in which it was introduced. They’re saying for example that there was an “absence of meaningful consultation, lawyers, judges, police and Hong Kong residents were given no opportunity to familiarie themselves with the contents of the new law, including the serious criminal offences it creates, before it came into force”. Does the Chinese government have any response to this?
Zhao Lijian: I see no factual basis to this statement. The NPC Standing Committee, during the drafting of the law, solicited opinions from various sectors, in particular from relevant groups in the HKSAR, including the Chief Executive and other officials, the President of the Legislative Council, Hong Kong deputies to the NPC and CPPCC members at all levels. Suggestions from representatives of Hong Kong’s legal, business, financial, educational, technological, cultural, religious, youth, labor and trade union communities, as well as social organizations and regional groups, were taken into account.
The NPC Standing Committee and relevant departments held 12 seminars in Hong Kong. Nearly three million Hong Kong residents signed up in support of the law. An online signing campaign against external interference garnered support from 1.5 million people, which speaks volumes about the aspiration of the people. The statement by the Hong Kong’s Bar Association alleging absence of meaningful consultation is absolutely untenable.
As you may have noticed, today in Lanting the AC is lower and the lighting is slightly dimmed, and there are video clips and e-posters on saving energy, which you may see on the electronic screen outside. These special arrangements are part of the foreign ministry’s participation in the national energy-saving week.
This week is the 30th national energy-saving week under the theme of “green mountains and clear water: save energy and increase efficiency”. Today is the national low-carbon day featuring “low carbon actions for a a moderately prosperous society in all respects”. Championing energy conservation and a green lifestyle and raising public awareness on this front are important steps towards achieving low-carbon development, advancing ecological conservation and building a beautiful China.
In the MFA, we keep our thrifty tradition alive while advocating and practicing the new concept of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development. We have been promoting the idea of low-carbon offices to help save energy and cut emissions. Human civilization cannot thrive without a livable environment. Building a green world is the shared hope of people in all countries. We hope you will join us in this effort. Start with small habits to save energy and reduce our carbon footprint. Let’s look after the planet we all call home and ensure its sustainable development.