Q: On September 4, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office responded to the decision made by the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress on the selection of the Hong Kong Chief Executive by universal suffrage. What is China's comment on that?
A: We have clarified our principles and positions on the issue of Hong Kong's constitutional reform on multiple occasions. The British side also pledged that they had no intention of interfering in Hong Kong's constitutional reform. However, the statement contains something that obviously run counter to their pledge, with the attempt to exert influence on the process of Hong Kong's constitutional reform, with which China expresses strong dissatisfaction.
I want to stress again that Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. Hong Kong's affairs, including its constitutional reform, fall within China's domestic affairs. No foreign country has the right to make improper comments or interfere in any way. We hope the British side can truly respect China's sovereignty and relevant positions, stick to their commitment and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs.