Beijing, May 30 In response to the statement made by President trump of the United States in the early hours of May 30 Beijing time and the comments made by the State Department of the United States in the past two days, a spokesman for the Hong Kong SAR government said on the evening of May 30 that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of the people’s Republic of China, and it is untenable for anyone to point out that the people’s Republic of China does not have the right to protect its country from secession, terrorist threats and chaos It is also a manifestation of double standards and hypocrisy.
Screenshot of government statement.
The following is the full response of Hong Kong Government:
The SAR Government refutes the statement and remarks of the US government
In response to the statement made by President trump on the afternoon of May 29 (around 3 a.m. Hong Kong time) and the comments made by the State Department in the past two days, the government spokesman today (May 30) responded as follows:
“China has the legitimate rights and obligations to safeguard national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and restore stability to Hong Kong Society from the escalating threat of violence and terrorism that began last year. We deeply regret that President trump and his government continue to stigmatize and demonize our legitimate rights and obligations. “
“Hong Kong is an inseparable part of the people’s Republic of China. It is not tenable for anyone to point out that the people’s Republic of China does not have the right to protect its own country from secession, terrorist threat and chaos. It is also a clear manifestation of double standards and hypocrisy. The national security law to be enacted will improve the legal system and enforcement mechanism, and will only target a very small number of offenders. Any claim that the law will damage the freedom of Hong Kong people is born out of nothing. “
“As the Secretary for security pointed out in the Legislative Council on May 27, every country has laws to safeguard its national security. He said that as long as you search the Internet, you can easily find at least 20 relevant laws in the United States, including the national security law, the Patriot Act of the United States, the Lugen law, the homeland security law, the intelligence reform and terrorism prevention law, the foreign intelligence monitoring law, the registration law of foreign agents, the foreign mission law, and the foreign affairs law Overseas Chinese registration law, and network security information sharing law. “
“We are confident that these laws, which safeguard national security and sovereignty, will not cause fear of the loss of people’s freedom, or even cause debate in the international community or become a reason to interfere in the affairs of other countries. It is a recognized fact that all citizens have the responsibility to safeguard the interests of their own country. Therefore, the International Covenant on Civil and political rights clearly states that individual rights are subject to legal restrictions on national security. “
“If the acceptance of national security legislation is an internationally recognized obligation of sovereign states, and does not conflict with individual freedom and the rule of law, the response of the United States and other foreign governments since the adoption of the relevant decision by the National People’s Congress (NPC) to make the relevant laws applicable to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has been totally wrong. The decision authorizes the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress to formulate laws, which is part of the two-step legislative process. According to the decision, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress must formulate laws in accordance with clearly defined purposes and basic principles. “
“This law is only aimed at the acts of splitting the country, overthrowing the regime, organizing and carrying out terrorist activities, as well as the activities of foreign and foreign forces interfering in the affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The five basic principles for formulating relevant laws include resolutely safeguarding national security, adhering to and improving the “one country, two systems” system, adhering to the rule of law, firmly opposing foreign interference, and earnestly safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of Hong Kong residents. “
“The subsequent statement issued by the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council on May 29 reiterated that national security legislation will not change the high degree of autonomy enjoyed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, nor will it affect the judicial independence of the region, including the power of final adjudication set out in the basic law.”
“President Trump’s claim that Hong Kong is now” one country, one system “is a complete mistake and ignores the facts.”
The spokesman said that Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy under “one country, two systems”. The SAR Government firmly abides by its international responsibilities and fulfills agreements signed with the United States and all countries in different areas, including trade, investment protection, mutual legal assistance, combating transnational crimes and terrorism, and educational and cultural exchanges. It is worth mentioning that many of these bilateral cooperation are based on multilateral organizations such as the World Trade Organization and the international civil aviation organization, or bilateral agreements negotiated for many years, such as tax information exchange agreements and civil aviation transport agreements, which are not “gifts” from other jurisdictions to Hong Kong.
“We don’t think it’s reasonable to impose sanctions or trade restrictions on Hong Kong, which will only lead to the collapse of the multi-year and mutually beneficial relationship between Hong Kong and the United States and hurt local and American enterprises and their employees in Hong Kong,” the spokesman said
“We will not worry too much about those threats, because Hong Kong can still rely on its basic advantages, including the rule of law, independent judiciary, free and open trade policy and fair competition environment, as well as the unique advantages brought about by the continuous opening of the mainland economy. In addition, in recent years, we have stepped up efforts to expand more markets, including focusing more on ASEAN economies, which are growing rapidly and are, as a whole, Hong Kong’s second largest trading partner. In 1919, Hong Kong’s trade with ASEAN accounted for 12.1% of Hong Kong’s total trade (the United States accounted for 6.2%), and we believe that it will continue to grow. “
In Hong Kong