This Nov 17, 2016 photo shows the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Central, Hong Kong. (PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG – The Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong on Wednesday firmly rejected a statement issued by chairs of the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
They interfered into the trial of the Hong Kong 47 case, discredited the National Security Law for the HKSAR, sugarcoated anti-China elements in Hong Kong, and clamored for sanctions against prosecutors and other officials of the SAR, a spokesperson for the office said in a statement.
Urging US politicians to immediately stop interfering into the city’s judiciary, the spokesperson said the anti-China forces used so-called “primaries” to fabricate misleading public opinion in a bid to seize control of the Legislative Council, cripple the SAR government, and pressure the central and the SAR governments.
No external intervention could change the determination of the HKSAR to enforce laws impartially or the resolve of the Chinese side to safeguard national security.
Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR
“Their behavior was not to organize an opinion poll, but to challenge the constitutional order of the HKSAR, which was a serious damage to Hong Kong’s electoral system, and is suspected of violating the national security law. The judiciary of the SAR handles cases impartially in strict accordance with laws and legal procedures and it brooks no reproach.”
US politicians trampled on the law and justice, interfered into the judicial proceedings of the HKSAR, and attempted to intimidate SAR prosecutors with illegal unilateral sanctions, it said. “Their sinister intention has long been seen through!”
Public order in Hong Kong has been restored, principle of the rule of law upheld, and development back on track under the national security law, the spokesperson said, adding that rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents are fully protected.
Pointing out that the US has a bad record of human rights, the statement said the country grossly interferes into others’ internal affairs, engages in subversion and infiltration, and arbitrarily imposes unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction upon others.
No external intervention could change the determination of the HKSAR to enforce laws impartially or the resolve of the Chinese side to safeguard national security, it stressed.
“We urge US politicians to immediately stop wading into Hong Kong affairs, not to stand on the opposite side of justice and the rule of law, and not to stand against the 1.4 billion Chinese people!”