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Wang Yi: All Parties Should Take an Objective and Fair Stance on the Situation in Hong Kong

During the ninth Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting among China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the ROK and Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan respectively asked State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi about the current situation in Hong Kong, and expressed their concerns on the safety of the ROK and Japanese enterprises and nationals in Hong Kong.

Wang Yi briefed on the evolution of the current situation in Hong Kong and the essence of foreign interference. Wang Yi noted, a small number of violent radicals have broken through the legal bottom line by vandalizing the Legislative Council and injuring the police, trampled on the bottom line of morality by blocking and beating innocent people and restricting the personal freedom of mainland reporters and passengers. They challenged the bottom line of the "one country, two systems" principle by swaggering through the street with foreign national flags and defacing the Chinese national flag and emblem. No responsible government or rule-of-law society will tolerate these acts.

Wang Yi stressed, Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and brook no foreign interference. The central government of China firmly supports the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in administering the HKSAR in accordance with the law, supports the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing the law and supports the HKSAR judiciary in punishing violent criminals in accordance with the law. The central government will continue to earnestly implement the "one country, two systems" policy and safeguard the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.

Wang Yi expressed, we understand some countries' concerns over the safety of their companies and nationals in Hong Kong due to the extreme violent behaviors. We are confident that the HKSAR government will act to protect their legitimate rights and interests in accordance with the law. All parties should understand and support the HKSAR government in stopping violence and ending chaos, and take an objective and fair stance on this issue.

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