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Response to Media Query by Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in New Zealand on the Joint Statement on Hong Kong by New Zealand and Australia

Q: On March 13th, the Foreign Ministers of New Zealand and Australia have issued a joint statement to raise their concern regarding the Decision adopted by the National People’s Congress of China on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. What is your comment?

A: Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Electoral system of the HKSAR is China's local electoral system. How it is designed, developed and improved is entirely China's internal affair where there's no place for other country to interfere. The joint statement openly interferes in China's Hong Kong affairs, which is a flagrant violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations. We are strongly opposed to that.

At the Fourth Session of the 13th National People's Congress , the Decision was adopted by an overwhelming majority vote on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong SAR. This speaks volumes about the collective will of the Chinese people, including the Hong Kong compatriots, to staunchly implement the fundamental principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" and earnestly safeguard national sovereignty, security,development interests as well as Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability.

Since Hong Kong's return to China, the central government has been leading and advancing the development of Hong Kong's democratic system. As the highest body of state power, the National People's Congress’s decision on improving HKSAR's electoral system, is in line with China’s Constitution and the Basic Law of HKSAR as well as the established international practice. It is a major step to uphold and improve the system and institutions of “One Country, Two Systems”, and has solid political and legal basis with indisputable authority.

China is committed to the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, “Hong Kong People administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy. The Decision will better protect the legitimate rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents, promote Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability, and contribute to the steadfast and successful implementation of “One Country, Two Systems”. A few days ago, 71 countries delivered a joint statement and over 20 countries made respective remarks at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in support of China’s position and measures on Hong Kong-related issues and opposing other countries’ interference in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs. These just voices from the international community fully represents justice and fairness.

Any countries who try to interfere in China's internal affairs including Hong Kong affairs will be strongly rejected by the 1.4 billion Chinese people including the Hong Kong compatriots. We urge the relevant countries to observe international law and basic norms governing international relations, respect China’s sovereignty and Hong Kong’s rule of law, and stop using Hong Kong to interfere in China’s internal affairs.

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