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Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning EU's Comments on the National Security Law in Hong Kong

Q: The Chinese NPC Standing Committee today adopted the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong SAR. The EU side said that the law risks seriously undermining the autonomy of HKSAR, and is detrimental to Hong Kong’s judicial independence and rule of law. The EU also said that the law does not conform to the Basic Law and China’s international commitments in terms of both adoption procedures and substance. What’s your comment?

A: The national security law in Hong Kong is adopted by the Chinese NPC Standing Committee, added to Annex III to the Basic Law and applied locally by the Hong Kong SAR by way of promulgation. This constitutes a milestone event for the practice of “one country, two systems”. The law will provide a strong institutional guarantee for fully and faithfully implementing the “one country, two systems” principle, effectively upholding national sovereignty, security and development interests, maintaining the constitutional order in the Region as established by China’s Constitution and the Basic Law, keeping the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, and ensuring the steady and sustained implementation of “one country, two systems”. Hong Kong will therefore have an opportunity to put an end to chaos, restore law and order and bring things back to normal.

The law upholds the “one country” as the foundation and at the same time accommodates the differences between the “two systems”. The law clearly defines four categories of crimes that severely endanger national security and their corresponding penalties, and has established and improved the enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security at the levels of both the Central Government and the HKSAR. The law fully conforms to the “one country, two systems” policy, the Constitution and the Basic Law, and is a major step to improve the institutional framework of “one country, two systems”. For a handful of people endangering national security, the law is a sword hanging over their heads. Yet for the vast majority of Hong Kong residents including foreigners in Hong Kong, the law is a guardian for their rights, freedoms and peaceful life. The law will improve the legal system, bring more stability, strengthen the rule of law and foster a better business environment in Hong Kong.

The Chinese government is firmly resolved to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, implement the “one country, two systems” policy and reject interference in Hong Kong affairs by any external forces. We urge the EU side to respect the national security law in Hong Kong as formulated by China’s NPC Standing Committee in accordance with the “one country, two systems” policy, the Constitution and the Basic Law, respect China's legitimate rights and interests to safeguard its own sovereignty and security, and stop meddling in China’s internal affairs.

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