BEIJING, July 1 (INP): Passage of the Law on Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong by the NPC Standing Committee reflects China’s strong resolve upholding its territorial integrity by all means.
This was stated by the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian while commenting on China’s position on HK’s affairs.
He reiterated, “this is a fundamental solution for Hong Kong to restore order, end chaos and resume stability. It is a landmark in the practice of “one country, two systems” and a strong institutional guarantee for upholding national sovereignty, security and development interests, safeguarding lasting security, prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, and ensuring the steady implementation of “one country, two systems”. It reflects the shared will of all Chinese people including Hong Kong compatriots.
This legislation 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.
Hong Kong is one of China‘s special administrative regions and its affairs are China‘s internal affairs. The Chinese government is firmly determined to implement “one country, two systems” and oppose foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs. 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.”
Meanwhile, at a regular news briefing Zhao Lijian added: “On Hong Kong‘s national security legislation, the Chinese side has made clear its solemn position on many occasions.
It is China‘s internal affair and no foreign country has any right to interfere. The Chinese government is determined in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, in implementing the “one country, two systems” policy, and in opposing external forces’ interference in Hong Kong affairs. Intimidation does not work on China.
The US wants to wield the so-called sanctions to obstruct China‘s legislation process to safeguard national security in Hong Kong. Such attempts will never succeed
As regards the wrong moves by the US side, China will take necessary retaliatory measures to resolutely safeguard its national interests.”