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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning Remarks Related to Hong Kong by EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy

Q: EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said at the press conference following the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers, that "the developments in Hong Kong, especially over these last hours, are extremely worrying", that "we expect the authorities in Hong Kong to respect the freedom of assembly, expression and association, as well as the right to demonstrate peacefully. She also said that the European Union, in coordination with the Member States, will continue to work for the situation not to go into the wrong direction and to protect the interests of EU citizens in Hong Kong. What is your comment?

A: In the past months, the Chinese side has repeatedly made it clear to the EU side that Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs which brook no external interference. However, the EU side, in disregard of China's strong opposition, has made irresponsible remarks time and again in gross interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs. This violates the basic norms governing international relations and undermines the atmosphere for the steady growth of China-EU relations.

I want to emphasize that those Europeans make irresponsible remarks on the efforts of Hong Kong police in exercising duties and stopping violence and chaos in accordance with law, that they lump together the violent and illegal extremist acts and peaceful demonstrations, and that they call for respect for the so-called freedoms and rights. This runs counter to the value of the rule of law long held by the Europeans. Facts have proved that every time when similar things happened in the EU member states, the EU institutions turned a blind eye and kept silent. Yet now they keep meddling in Hong Kong affairs. This is nothing but an act of double standards.

ŜThe EU remarks would not help de-escalate tensions and would only deteriorate the situation and hurt Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, which would have a direct impact on the interests of the EU and its citizens. We once again urge the EU side not to go further down the wrong path.



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