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Spokesperson's Remarks on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's Meeting with Opposition Figures of Hong Kong and the Public Evidence Session on UK's Relations with Hong Kong by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons

Q: It is reported that British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Minister of State of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire met the other day with Lee Chu-ming (Martin Lee) and Chan Fang On Sang (Anson Chan) from opposition groups of Hong Kong. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons of the British Parliament also held a public evidence session on UK’s relations with Hong Kong. Martin Lee and Anson Chan were both invited to give evidence. What is China’s comment on these developments?

A: Since Hong Kong’s return to the motherland in 1997, the practice of “one country, two systems” has achieved great success, which is recognized by all. Hong Kong’s affairs fall within China’s internal affairs. The Chinese government is firmly opposed to any interference in Hong Kong’s affairs by any external force under whatever pretext. During their visit to the UK, Martin Lee and Anson Chan called for and preached foreign interference in Hong Kong’s affairs. They even publicly challenged the fact that Hong Kong is part of China. What the British side has done interferes in China’s internal affairs. The Chinese side hereby expresses strong dissatisfaction.

The Chinese side has lodged solemn representations with the British side. The Chinese side urges the British side to truly respect China’s position and concern, honor relevant commitments, immediately stop its interference in Hong Kong’s affairs in whatever form, take effective measures to remove the negative impact thereof and safeguard China-UK relations as well as bilateral cooperation with concrete actions.

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