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Remarks by Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU on EU's Declaration on Hong Kong
2021/03/13

On March 12, 2021, Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU made the following remarks on the EU’s Declaration on Hong Kong.

At the Fourth Session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), a decision was adopted by an overwhelming majority vote on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong SAR. This speaks volumes about the collective will of the Chinese people, including the Hong Kong compatriots, to staunchly implement the fundamental principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" and earnestly safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests and Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability.

Since Hong Kong's return to the motherland, the central government has been leading and advancing the development of Hong Kong's democratic system. It is in line with China’s Constitution, the Basic Law of the HKSAR and established international practice that the NPC, the highest organ of state power, made the decision to improve the electoral system of the region. The decision is another major step to uphold and improve the system and institutions of "One Country, Two Systems", and has solid political and legal basis with indisputable authority.

The NPC decided to rebuild the Election Committee of the HKSAR by increasing its functions and appropriately expanding its scope and to increase the seats of the Legislative Council. To the contrary of the EU’s wrong arguments, this decision will help ensure broader political participation by Hong Kong people from all walks of life in a balanced and orderly fashion, and will guarantee the democratic rights and quality of democracy enjoyed by Hong Kong residents. The decision, which will make the Election Committee more fit for Hong Kong’s circumstances and more representative, will better reflect and safeguard the overall and fundamental interests of Hong Kong society, promote the steady development of Hong Kong's democratic system and "One Country, Two Systems", and better protect the interests of Hong Kong residents and the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors in Hong Kong, including the EU investors.

Hong Kong is part of China. The improvement of its electoral system is China's internal affair. The EU repeatedly interferes in China's internal affairs including Hong Kong affairs in violation of the international law and basic norms governing international relations. Such interference stands to be strongly rejected by the 1.4 billion Chinese people including the Hong Kong compatriots, and will come to nothing at the end of the day. Going down the path of confrontation is doomed to fail.

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