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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Comments Made by the British Side on Hong Kong Related Affairs

Q: The Spokesperson of the UK Foreign Office said on November 7 that the UK recognized the right of the NPC Standing Committee to interpret the Basic Law of Hong Kong and expressed concerns about the timing of the interpretation. The Spokesperson of the US State Department also made carping comments on the interpretation. How do you respond to that?

A: After the NPC Standing Committee adopted an interpretation to Article 104 of the Hong Kong Basic Law yesterday, relevant authority gave an explicit and open explanation on the necessity and importance of the interpretation. I will not repeat it here.What’s worth emphasizing is that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and that Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China’s domestic affairs. Speaking of the interpretation, the NPC Standing Committee is exercising its lawful right endowed by the Basic Law and fulfilling its obligation under the Constitution. This is completely within China’s sovereignty and other countries have no right to interfere. As is clearly seen, certain “Hong Kong independence” forces have been plotting to split China and seeking foreign support to this end. It is their heinous acts that pose the biggest threat to “one country, two systems”. We ask all relevant countries to honor their open commitments, watch their words and deeds and not interfere in Hong Kong’s domestic affairs nor endorse any pro-independence forces.

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