Embassy Spokesperson’s Remarks on the False Joint Statement Regarding Hong Kong
27 July 2020
On July 24, 2020, the Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of nine European countries including Estonia and the European Parliament issued a joint statement, attacking and slandering Hong Kong Security Law. It has grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, which China firmly opposes.
Since the return of Hong Kong, the principles of “One Country, Two Systems”, “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy have been implemented in good faith and the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents have been fully guaranteed in accordance with law. This has been widely acknowledged by the international community. However, the riots have made use of the absence of national security law in Hong Kong and repeatedly incited violence and advocated “Hong Kong independence”. The external forces have also wantonly intervened in Hong Kong affairs. Since the turbulence over proposed legislative amendments last June, Hong Kong has been in chaos and posed a grave threat to China’s national security. The Hong Kong Security Law fills the legal gap for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong and put in place the relevant enforcement mechanism. The Law targets a very narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security and has no impact on Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents or the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors in Hong Kong. The fundamental purpose of the Law is to uphold China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, safeguard the order and the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, and ensure the success of “One Country, Two Systems”. Hong Kong’s important position as a global financial center and an important bridge for China’s opening up will not change. The Law is beneficial not only to the fundamental interests of Hong Kong, but also to the common interests of the international community.
National security is the very foundation for the existence and development of all countries, and the core and fundamental element of national sovereignty. China and the UK negotiating and signing the Joint Declaration is all about China’s resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong. The basic policies regarding Hong Kong declared by China in the Joint Declaration are China’s statement of policies, not commitment to the UK or an international obligation as some claim. The Chinese government administers Hong Kong in accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration. As China resumed exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, all rights and obligations of the British side under the Joint Declaration were completed. You cannot find a single word or article in the Joint Declaration that confers on the UK any Hong Kong-related responsibility after the handover. Any other countries, including the UK, have no sovereignty, no jurisdiction and no right to supervise Hong Kong.
“One country” is the prerequisite and foundation for the implementation of “two systems”. The guiding compass of the Law is to provide solid legal support and system guarantee for “One Country, Two Systems” and keep it on the right track rather than changing “One Country, Two Systems”. Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs that allow no foreign interference. The Chinese government is determined to defend national sovereignty, security and development interests, to implement “One Country, Two Systems” comprehensively and faithfully, and to oppose foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs. Intervening and pressuring tactics will never work on China.