From CCP Media
HONG KONG – The spokesperson of the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Saturday firmly opposed the US announcement of visa restrictions on Chinese officials, urging the US side to stop interfering with Hong Kong affairs.
The spokesperson said that the Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, are rock-firm in safeguarding national security, urging the United States to immediately correct mistakes.
The spokesperson pointed out that the US accusation that the central government of China has undermined the high degree of autonomy of the HKSAR is completely groundless.
“No one is more earnest and determined than the Chinese government to fully and faithfully implement ‘one country, two systems,’ and no one cares more than the Chinese government about Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability and its people’s well-being,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the national security legislation for the HKSAR is a major measure to reaffirm commitment to and improve the “one country, two systems” policy and a fundamental step to end the chaos in Hong Kong and preserve its peace and stability, adding that nearly 3 million Hong Kong residents have signed a petition endorsing the legislation, and over 1.28 million signed an ongoing online petition opposing the interference by the United States and other external forces.
The spokesperson emphasized that the Chinese government is rock-firm in advancing the national security legislation for the HKSAR, in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, in implementing “one country, two systems,” and in opposing any external interference in Hong Kong affairs.
The spokesperson reiterated that China firmly opposes the US interference in Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. The instrument is essentially about China’s resumption of the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong. Hong Kong already returned to its motherland on July 1, 1997, and foreign countries, the United States and Britain included, have no sovereignty, jurisdiction or right to supervise Hong Kong, China.
The spokesperson urged the United States to bear in mind that Hong Kong is part of China and its affairs are China’s internal affairs.
“The US side should immediately stop interfering with Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs as a whole in any possible way. Otherwise, it will be firmly hit back by the Chinese side.”
Beijing ‘determined’ to legislate on national security for HKSAR
HONG KONG – Minor opposition won’t derail a proposed national security law for Hong Kong, according to delegates from the special administrative region (SAR) to the nation’s top legislature.
Before departing for Beijing to attend a three-day meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee scheduled to start on Sunday, Hong Kong’s delegates called on citizens to focus on making constructive suggestions to improve the legislation.
The central government will listen to and fully consider Hong Kong’s opinions on the issue, they said on Saturday.
The central government made clear last month that it had decided that a national security law tailored for Hong Kong was needed to safeguard national security, said Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kong’s deputy to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.
The failure of efforts in 2003 to pass legislation in Hong Kong on national security under Article 23 of the Basic Law shows that the territory has not been able to perform that duty on its own, said Tam.
Tam told reporters he would present views of various groups in Hong Kong on the law to the National People’s Congress. There are opinions calling for retroactive application of the law, harsher punishments, and guarantees of press freedom in the SAR, he added.
Ip Kwok-him, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress, said Hong Kong had failed to enact a national security law as required by Article 23 of the Basic Law in the past two decades owing to opposition by some people.
The legal loophole has been exploited by some separatists to undermine Hong Kong’s order and even endanger national security, he added.
However, the central government is still willing to consider appropriate proposals from the opposition, said Ip.
Speaking on a local television program Saturday morning, Ip said the upcoming NPC Standing Committee meeting is expected to discuss and vote on the national security law for Hong Kong.
He said about 10 Hong Kong NPC deputies would sit in the meeting, as is customary, to provide their opinions on the national security laws when needed. But unlike members of the Standing Committee, these Hong Kong deputies have no vote, said Ip.
Source: China Daily