China Daily (Hong Kong)
Fact sheet exposes US meddling in Hong Kong
The Foreign Ministry on Friday issued a fact sheet revealing how the United States has interfered in Hong Kong affairs and supported antiChina and destabilizing forces, and said that China will make a firm and strong response. The fact sheet listed 102 examples of US interference since the turbulence over the amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance in Hong Kong in 2019. Such measures taken by the US include enacting Hong Kong related acts, imposing sanctions, making unfounded charges, supporting anti-China and destabilizing forces, and colluding with some other countries to exert pressure.
The US attempt to play the Hong Kong card to undermine the prosperity and stability of the region and suppress China’s development will not succeed, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
Central government offices in Hong Kong and the special administrative region government on Friday welcomed a fact sheet listing acts of US interference in Hong Kong affairs since 2019, when citywide social unrest broke out.
The 6,000-word list, published by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday, enumerated over 100 acts of US meddling, including those that fueled the monthslong violent protests and riots. Washington enacted legislation and imposed sanctions to vilify and obstruct China’s policies and legislation, the ministry said, referring to the National Security Law for Hong Kong, among others.
The US also made unfounded allegations against law enforcement agencies, and shielded and supported secessionists attempting to destabilize Hong Kong, the ministry said.
The Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said the list exposed the US’ malicious intervening acts with ironclad proof.
“There is no denying the US interference in Hong Kong, and the fact sheet laid bare its malicious means and motives in destabilizing the city,” the Liaison Office said in a statement.
China must take action to oppose acts that endanger national interests and dignity, the office said. China’s countersanctions against US officials and entities, the anti-sanctions law, and this fact sheet demonstrate the country’s firm will to oppose foreign interference, it added.
As the city’s governance system under the “one country, two systems” principle continues to improve, Hong Kong people will enjoy peace, stability and prosperity in the long run, which will benefit investors from all over the world, the office said.
The Liaison Office stressed that all US moves to curb China’s development by interfering in Hong Kong affairs will be futile in the face of China’s firm determination to safeguard its national interests.
In a separate statement, a spokesperson for the HKSAR government said the fact sheet will help residents grasp the truth.
“Hong Kong people can now grasp the facts, understand clearly the years of interference by external forces in Hong Kong, and avoid falling prey to the malicious attempts of the US,” the statement read.
The timely enactment of the National Security Law for Hong Kong in June 2020 allowed the SAR to prevent, suppress and punish acts endangering national security, the government said.
Following the electoral reform this year, anti-China activists are now prevented from entering the SAR’s governance framework, and the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong” can be fully and faithfully implemented, it added.
A spokesperson for the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said the fact sheet is a “criminal record” of the US interfering in China’s internal affairs and undermining Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.
It is also a “wake-up call” to external forces attempting to curb China’s development, the spokesperson said.
The list makes it clear to the world that China’s sovereignty, security and development interests shall not be challenged, the spokesperson said.