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. (PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG – The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Wednesday firmly opposed remarks by the US State Department spokesperson that smeared the National Security Law for the HKSAR and the rule of law in the city.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the office said the remarks by Ned Price attacked the business environment of Hong Kong without justification and grossly interfered in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.
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“We urge the US side to immediately stop its misleading political theater and immediately stop wrong acts that damage the mutually beneficial economic and trade relations between China and the US,” the spokesperson said.
All this reflected that the sight of a well-developed and sound-governed Hong Kong stings the US. It also laid bare the malicious agenda of the US to contain China’s development by playing the "Hong Kong card".
Spokesperson, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR
The National Security Law marks a historic turning point of Hong Kong from chaos to stability and opens a new chapter of sound governance in Hong Kong, the spokesperson said. It has effectively safeguarded national security, upheld the rule of law, ensured social stability, and created a strong sense of security for Hong Kong people.
The US side has confounded black and white by smearing the National Security Law for the HKSAR and Hong Kong’s business environment in a bid to mislead American and other international enterprises in Hong Kong.
“All this reflected that the sight of a well-developed and sound-governed Hong Kong stings the US,” the spokesperson added.
“It also laid bare the malicious agenda of the US to contain China’s development by playing the ‘Hong Kong card’.”
The US’ threat will not shake China’s firm resolve to safeguard the national sovereignty and security nor stop the steady and sustained implementation of “one country, two systems.”
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"We believe that visionary people around the world will remain clear-eyed, see through the tricks of the US side, and make the right choice," reads the statement.
The spokesperson stressed that Hong Kong belongs to China and that Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs.
“We once again urge the US side to abide by international law and the basic norms governing international relations, abandon its wishful thinking of disrupting Hong Kong and China as a whole, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs at large in any form," the spokesperson added.