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Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the European Parliament Leader's Statement on the National Security Law in Hong Kong
2020/07/10

Q: On July 9, Leader of the European Parliament made a statement on the National Security Law in Hong Kong, saying that since the national security law came into force in Hong Kong, a democratic reality where the rule of law, fundamental freedoms, and a high degree of autonomy were part of everyday life now risks being lost forever, and that the EU is deeply concerned. What’s your comment?

A: The statement by the relevant EU authorities distorts facts and intentionally pits the efforts to safeguard national security against those to protect citizens’ rights and freedoms. In fact, the adoption and implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong fully embody the spirit of the rule of law. The law aims to punish crimes endangering national security and to better protect the lawful rights and freedoms of Hong Kong citizens and foreign nationals in Hong Kong. Only by doing so can we ensure full and faithful implementation of the policies of “One Country, Two Systems”, “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy, and safeguard the long-term stability, prosperity and development of Hong Kong.

What I want to reiterate is that Hong Kong is part of China. Making legislation on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong is entirely China’s internal affair, which brooks no interference by any foreign government, organization or individual.

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