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Response to media query by Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in New Zealand on Hong Kong issue

Q: On May 23, the New Zealand Foreign Minister expressed concerns on the draft decision to establish and improve a legal framework and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), which was submitted to National People's Congress (NPC) for deliberation. What is your comments?

A: Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The legislation for the HKSAR to safeguard national security is purely China's internal affair, and no foreign country has the right to interfere.

Since the amendment bill disturbance in 2019, the "Hong Kong independence" and radical separatist forces have become increasingly rampant with escalating violent terrorist activities. Foreign interfering forces and anti-China rioters have blatantly ramped up intervention in Hong Kong affairs, which severely undermines Hong Kong's public security, seriously challenges the bottom line of the "one country, two systems" principle and poses real threats to national security.

In accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law of the HKSAR, the NPC's establishing and improving a legal framework and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security in the HKSAR is an essential measure to uphold national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity and consolidate the foundation of the "one country, two systems" principle. It is a sure choice to safeguard long-term peace and stability in Hong Kong and prevent and curb foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs. It is legitimate, legal and imperative.

The NPC draft decision targets only attempts at secession, subversion, terrorism and external interference in Hong Kong affairs. It will serve to protect the overwhelming majority of law-abiding Hong Kong residents. The legitimate rights and freedoms of the majority of Hong Kong citizens will only be better guaranteed in a safe environment, instead of being prejudiced by the decision. When national security is safeguarded, both "One Country, Two Systems" and Hong Kong will embrace brighter prospects, which is also in the common interests of the international community.

"One country, two systems" is China's basic state policy, and the Chinese government is firmly committed to its implementation. We urge relevant countries to respect China’s sovereignty, abide by international laws and basic norms of international relations, correctly understand China's just efforts to safeguard national security and bring Hong Kong back to the right track, and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.

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