|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Remarks on the Passing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in the US Congress|
Q: According to reports, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 has just moved through the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Relations Committee. What's your comment?
A: On September 25, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Relations Committee passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. This act confuses black and white in disregard of facts, blatantly backs the Hong Kong violent radicals up and grossly interferes in China's internal affairs. China expresses strong indignation and firm opposition to that.
Since Hong Kong's return, the policies of "one country, two systems", Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong and a high degree of autonomy have been implemented, and Hong Kong residents' rights and freedoms have beenfullysafeguarded in accordance with law. However, recent developments over the past three months or so have veered off the normal track. With the instigation and indulgence of external forces and anti-China forces attempting to destabilize Hong Kong, radical forces and violent offenders in Hong Kong flagrantly disrupted social order, vandalized public facilities, attacked the police and left a trail of smashed or burned items all over the city. These behaviors have gone far beyond the scope of marches or assemblies. They trampled on the bottom line of morality, crossed the bottom line of rule of law, and challenged the bottom line of "one country, two systems". Ending violence and chaos and restoring order has become the widest consensus and the strongest appeal of all social sectors in Hong Kong. The Chinese central government firmly supports the SAR government in governing by law, supports the Hong Kong police in strict and just law enforcement, and supports the Hong Kong judicial organs in bringing violent criminals to justice according to law.
In disregard of the vilebehavior of Hong Kong's radical and violent forces, the appeal fromvarious sectors of the Hong Kong society,and the basic norms governing international relations,the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committeeinsisted on reviewingand passing the above-mentioned Hong Kong-related billand openly endorsedHong Kong's radical and violent forces. Such behavior is a gross interference in China's domestic affairs, which fully reveals the ill intentions of some people in the United States to mess upHong Kong and contain China's development.
It must be pointed out that Hong Kong's prosperity and stability are in the interests of all parties, including the United States. The United States has more than 80,000 citizens,over1,300 companies and a large amount of investment in Hong Kong. The passing of the bill by the US Senate and the House Foreign Affairs Committees will only embolden Hong Kong's radical and violent forces, and further mess upHong Kong. It will harmthe interests of bothChinaand the US. No one should underestimate China's firm resolve and determinationto safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests, to implement "one country, two systems", and to safeguard Hong Kong's prosperity and stability. Any attempt by the US to harm China's interests will be met with forceful fightback.
Hong Kong belongs to China and its affairs are purely China's domestic affairs.Noforeign government, force,organizationor individualhas the right to interfere. China strongly urges certain people in the US Congressto grasp the situation, immediatelystop advancing the bill regarding Hong Kongand interfering in Hong Kong's affairs to avoid further damaging China-US relations.