This undated photo shows the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
BEIJING/HONG KONG – Central government bodies in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Saturday strongly condemned the so-called “sanctions” imposed by the United States on Hong Kong-based Chinese central government officials, saying the US act was "despicable."
The responses from the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council and the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR came after the US government on Friday issued a so-called "advisory" to US businesses and individuals operating in Hong Kong and imposed sanctions on a number of officials of the liaison office.
A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office described the so-called US sanctions as “despicable”, adding that they will not impact the Chinese government's resolute determination to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office strongly condemned the "sanctions" as well as the rumors the US side spread on Hong Kong's business environment.
"Over the past year, Hong Kong's major economic indicators have registered substantial growth," the spokesperson said. International investors widely agreed that, since the National Security Law was implemented, Hong Kong's status as an international financial center has been more stable and its business environment improved, the spokesperson added.
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The spokesperson described the so-called sanctions as “despicable”, adding that they will not impact the Chinese government's resolute determination to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests, as well as Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.
The United States has no right to interfere in China's internal affairs, the spokesperson stressed, expressing a firm belief that the latest US acts will only backfire.
A spokesperson for the liaison office expressed a similar sentiment in a separate statement, strongly condemning the US government for smearing Hong Kong's business environment and imposing so-called sanctions its officials.
The spokesperson called the sanctions "a piece of waste paper" and a "boring political performance", saying the US "hegemonic acts are doomed to fail."
The US move seriously damaged international laws and basic norms governing international relations, and posed a blatant challenge to the Chinese government and people, the liaison office said.
After its political plots failed, the United States tried to disrupt Hong Kong's economic development by issuing the advisory, the liaison office said
While Hong Kong faced the most severe situation since it returned to the motherland, it was the central authorities that took resolute actions to put "one country, two systems" back on track and help Hong Kong return from chaos to stability, the liaison office said.
In contrast, some US politicians have been colluding with instigators of Hong Kong riots in an attempt to launch a "color revolution", the liaison office said, noting that they are the true destroyer of Hong Kong's democracy, freedom and high degree of autonomy.
After its political plots failed, the United States tried to disrupt Hong Kong's economic development by issuing the advisory, the liaison office said.
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As a central government agency in Hong Kong, the liaison office assumes responsibilities strictly in accordance with the Constitution and the HKSAR Basic Law, and the US sanctions on its officials will be useless, the office said.
The liaison office said it will firmly implement the central government's overall jurisdiction over Hong Kong, support the administration of the HKSAR government, safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, and push for the enduring success of "one country, two systems."
Hong Kong is a part of China and any interference in Hong Kong affairs and any plots to contain China's development are doomed to fail, the liaison office said.