Britain must stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs in name of 'six-monthly report': Commissioner's office of Chinese Foreign Ministry in HKSAR

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The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has deplored the so-called "six-monthly report on Hong Kong" released by the British government.

The report smeared the national security law in Hong Kong and Hong Kong's electoral system, slandered Hong Kong's democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law, grossly interfered in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs, and seriously breached the principles of international law and the basic norms governing international relations, a spokesperson for the office said on Thursday.

In the past 25 years since Hong Kong's return to the motherland, the Chinese government has fully, accurately and resolutely implemented the principles of "one country, two systems," "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and "Hong Kong enjoying a high degree of autonomy," the spokesperson said, adding the practice of "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong has been a globally recognized success.

The spokesperson pointed out that the national security law in Hong Kong and the new electoral system effectively safeguard national security and social stability, and all the lawful rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents are protected.

International investors now have a more safe, stable and predictable business environment, which is a fact that all fair-minded people acknowledge, the spokesperson said.

However, the British report vilified the Chinese central government's policies towards Hong Kong and the law-based governance of the HKSAR, talked down Hong Kong's development prospect, and turned a deaf ear to the mainstream public opinion about stability and development, the spokesperson said.

Also, their whitewash of anti-China forces in Hong Kong only exposes their intention to contain China by disrupting the HKSAR, the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson said that the rule of law is the cornerstone of Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

Noting that the executive branch of the HKSAR strictly enforces laws and the judiciary handles cases impartially, the spokesperson said they both perform their statutory duties in full accordance with laws and legal procedures and effectively safeguard national security and Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, which brooks no external interference.

The British side claims to uphold the rule of law, but in practice releases a so-called Hong Kong report every six months in which it plays the "judge card," "BNO card" and many other cards to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and damage the rule of law in Hong Kong, the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson stressed that over the past quarter-century, the legal basis for the governance of the Chinese government in the HKSAR is the Chinese Constitution and the Basic Law of the HKSAR, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

The spokesperson reiterated that Hong Kong is part of China and Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs.

No matter how grandiose the report looks, it is nothing but a piece of waste paper and can no way stop Hong Kong's transformation from chaos to stability and prosperity, the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson urged the British side to put itself in the right position, ditch the double standard, abide by the principles of international law and the basic norms of international relations such as non-interference, and refrain from interfering in China's internal affairs including Hong Kong affairs under any pretext.

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