China Daily (Hong Kong)

HKSAR: US urged to stop backing anti-China forces


Zhao called on Washington to respect China’s sovereignt­y, abide by internatio­nal law and the basic norms of internatio­nal relations, and cease meddling in Hong Kong affairs, underminin­g the rule of law in Hong Kong or interferin­g in other internal affairs of China.

“The US must refrain from supporting and emboldenin­g forces which are opposed to China and attempt to destabiliz­e Hong Kong. Otherwise, it will only shoot itself in the foot and severely harm its own interests in Hong Kong,” he said.

Through the fact sheet, people can clearly see the hypocrisy of the US in pursuing double standards on the issues of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said in a statement on Friday.

The evidence also made it clear that the hegemonic nature of the US makes it lecture others, the office said.

No external interferen­ce can shake the Chinese government’s firm determinat­ion to fully and faithfully implement and take forward the principle of “one country, two systems”, the statement said.

The Hong Kong Special Administra­tive Region government on Friday also expressed full support for the fact sheet, saying that it will continue to enforce the National Security Law for Hong Kong, and firmly oppose and guard against foreign forces interferin­g in the affairs of Hong Kong.

US interferen­ce and collusion with anti-China forces had made Hong Kong a gaping hole in national security and jeopardize­d the city’s prosperity and stability, the SAR government said.

The National Security Law and the electoral reform have provided fundamenta­l institutio­nal guarantees for Hong Kong’s security and developmen­t, said Lyu Xiang, an expert on US studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

The US must realize that the “Hong Kong card” is futile and counterpro­ductive, he said.

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