Commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry slams international opposition against national security lawLocal | 23 May 2020 7:30 pm
The commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry in Hong Kong has lashed out at the international community criticizing the central government's proposal to enact the national security law into the SAR.
A spokesperson said in a statement released this afternoon stated that Beijing's measure is to safeguard national security and urged countries to stop meddling in local and China affairs.
The statement came as Beijing's move had evoked worldwide outcry with the US Secretary of State describing it as a “death knell” to autonomy for the city, while Britain, Canada and Australia issued a joint statement expressing concerns over freedoms in the SAR.
“Some countries exasperatedly remarked, blamed and even threatened over the matter, to which the Chinese foreign ministry heavily criticized and strongly opposed,” the spokesperson said in the statement, which did not name any countries.
He added that the SAR's high degree of autonomy will not change and interests of foreign investors in Hong Kong will continue to be protected.
“Under a condition where national security is properly protected, Hong Kong's development will be better and the governing principle of 'one country, two systems' will be secured, this is in line with the common interests of the international community,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, local deputies to Beijing's top legislature and advisory body have issued separate statements, expressing their support to enact the national security law.
The Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress said the proposed law protects most Hong Kong residents as it only punishes those who participated in activities that endanger national security.
In a separate statement, the delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said national security can assure stability and prosperity in Hong Kong.
Both statements urged the Hong Kong public to support the legislation for the common benefit of the people.