Comments from some foreigners on the normal law enforcement activities by Hong Kong police constitute a serious interference in China’s sovereignty and internal affairs, and the country is strongly opposing it, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on Friday.
Ms. Hua made the remarks during a press briefing, in response to a question about the call by some Europeans for the immediate release of the more than 50 people arrested by Hong Kong police. They also said it violated the so-called “one country, two systems” and “administration of Hong Kong by Hong Kong people with a high degree of autonomy” principles.
Those arrested are believed to have attempted to subvert state power as defined in the Hong Kong National Security Act, instead of exercising their legitimate rights to participate in political and public life, a- she indicated.
“The Hong Kong National Security Law has a clear definition of crimes that threaten or endanger national security and protects the rights and freedoms enjoyed by the people of Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and international human rights covenants. of man, ”Hua said, reiterating that Hong Kong affairs were purely about China’s internal affairs and no foreign country had the right to interfere.
These foreign forces do not have the right to demand that China release criminals legally arrested by Hong Kong police, she added.
Comparing the unrest in Hong Kong and the riots on the Capitol in Washington, Hua said there were at least two differences. The first is that in July 2019 rioters in Hong Kong broke into and ransacked the Legislative Council, stalked innocent people, and attacked police with Molotov cocktails and daggers. Their crimes are more serious and worse than climbing the Outer Wall and breaking into the Capitol, and they must be treated and punished like rioters and terrorists.
The second difference is that what happened in the US Congress was organized by the Americans themselves, while the unrest in Hong Kong was sparked, planned, organized, directed, and implemented with the support of outside forces. Hua said, noting that some Americans have played a dishonorable role in the violent activities in Hong Kong.
Such a “double standards, double measures” view reflects the sense of superiority and ideological prejudices of some people and relates to the question of how to define democracy and freedom, she noted.
The Chinese government represents, reflects, and protects the interests of the vast majority of the people and is committed to preserving the life, worth, and dignity of every citizen, Hua said, stressing that China’s democracy is vast, real, and effective.