Strongly criticising the statement of Foreign Minister Marise Payne on China’s National Security Law for Hong Kong, China has reminded Australian government that Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs.
“We strongly deplore Australian Foreign Minister’s statement regarding the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)”, spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in Canberra said late on Wednesday.
Spokesperson made it clear that Chinese government is firmly determined to implement “one country, two systems” and oppose foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs.
This legislation, adopted yesterday by the NPC Standing Committee of China, aims to safeguard China’s national security and lasting security, prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, as well as to ensure the steady implementation of “one country, two systems”.
“This legislation reflects the shared will of all Chinese people including Hong Kong compatriots”, statement read.
Spokesperson said that law will only target very few criminals but protect the vast majority of Hong Kong people.
“Legislation will not impact the high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong, neither will it affect Hong Kong’s independent judicial power, including that of final adjudication. Its implementation will strengthen Hong Kong’s legal framework, ensure social order, improve business environment, and benefit Hong Kong citizens and international investors including those from Australia”, spokesperson added.
Spokesperson hoped that the Australian side take an objective and rational view on the legislation, abide by international law and basic norms of international relations, and stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.