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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning The Second Debate on Hong Kong by the European Parliament

Q: On 16 September, a debate on the situation in Hong Kong was held during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Some EU officials and MEPs said that the demonstrations in Hong Kong are for democracy and freedom, that “One Country, Two Systems” must not be undermined by intervention from Beijing or by imposing emergency regulations, that the promise of universal suffrage in the Basic Law must be kept, and that the people want an independent inquiry into the police violence. What is your comment?

A: In recent months, China has repeatedly emphasized that Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, which brook no interference by any country, organization or individuals. Some EU officials and MEPs once again made irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong in gross interference in China’s internal affairs. We are strongly concerned about and firmly opposed to such interference.

The extreme violence and offences in Hong Kong amount to a brazen challenge to national sovereignty and dignity, a willful trampling on law and order, and a severe threat to public security, which would not be tolerated in any country or region.

It is worth noting that there were also some MEPs who had found a serious lack of balance in this debate, saying that there is plenty of evidence of external interference in Hong Kong and that it is intriguing that “we have to go halfway across the world to find a place where we can back democratic rights” while “saying nothing” about problems here in Europe. Such voices of good sense merit serious thinking from the European side.

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