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Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning Comments on Hong Kong by an EU Senior Official
2020/11/13

Q: On November 12, EU High Representative Josep Borrell issued a declaration on behalf of the EU, criticizing China for adoption of a decision on the qualification of members of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and for the disqualification of four lawmakers. What is your comment?

A: Public office holders pledging allegiance is a common practice adopted worldwide. No country, including those in Europe, will permit their public office holders, including lawmakers, to violate oath or betray their country. Those who break law must be held accountable. This is the fundamental principle of any society under the rule of law.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted this decision on the qualification of members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, the Hong Kong Basic Law and the Hong Kong national security law. It is a necessary step to uphold and improve the "one country, two systems", implement the Basic Law and the Hong Kong national security law, and maintain the rule of law and constitutional order in the HKSAR. The disqualification of certain lawmakers declared by HKSAR government in accordance with law based on the decision of the NPC Standing Committee demonstrates justice and sanctity of the rule of law.

What I want to reiterate is that Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. The issue of the qualification of HKSAR LegCo members is purely an internal affair of China. The EU should genuinely observe international law and basic norms governing international relations, respect the rule of law, abandon double standards and stop interfering in any format in China's internal affairs, including Hong Kong affairs.

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