SAR govt: No foreign interference allowed
A Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government spokesman reiterated on Thursday that “foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs of the HKSAR”.
The spokesman made the remarks in response to a report issued by the United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The report claims Hong Kong has been losing its autonomy and freedom of speech in recent years.
The spokesman expressed the government’s “regret over the biased conclusions and unfounded accusations” made in the report about Hong Kong.
Since its return to the motherland, the HKSAR has been exercising a high degree of autonomy and “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” in strict accordance with the Basic Law - Hong Kong’s constitutional document. He said this demonstrates the full and successful implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle, which has been widely recognized by the international community.
The Basic Law clearly stipulates that the HKSAR is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China. “Hong Kong independence” is a blatant violation of the Basic Law and a direct affront to the national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.
Hong Kong independence runs counter to the successful implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle and undermines the SAR’s constitutional and legal foundations as enshrined in the Basic Law, the spokesman added.
Meanwhile, the spokesman said that the SAR government attaches great importance to freedom of speech, which is also protected by the Basic Law.
However, both the relevant international human rights convention and court cases clearly point out that freedom of speech is not absolute. The SAR government has also repeatedly stated that there is no room for discussing Hong Kong independence.
For other issues mentioned in the report, including the Legislative Council by-election in March 2018, an election petition lodged against the results of the 2016 LegCo general election, and the co-location arrangement of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, the SAR government reiterates that it has all along been handling Hong Kong affairs strictly in accordance with the “one country, two systems” principle, the Basic Law and the laws of Hong Kong.
“There is no question of ‘political screening’ as alleged by the report,” the spokesman said.
The CECC report described the “continued erosion” of Hong Kong’s autonomy in recent years and called for the enactment of laws requiring the US government to review Hong Kong’s human rights conditions before continuing to grant the city its special economic and trade status, conferred under the US-Hong Kong Policy Act.
Luis Liu contributed to the story.