China Tuesday hit back firmly strongly condemning the joint statement made by the Australian Foreign Minister, together with the other four Foreign Ministers of the Five Eyes Alliance countries on December 20 while terming Australian stance as hypocrite and of double standard.
“Joint statement recklessly disregarded the facts and reversed the truth, and wantonly interfered in China’s internal affairs by the so-called Hong Kong issue”, a spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in Canberra said in a statement.
The Spokesperson reminded the world that ‘Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong’ and Chinese Central Government and the HKSAR Government know best how to secure the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.
“Facts have once again proved that all attempts by certain countries to meddle in Hong Kong politics, interfere in China’s internal affairs and hinder China’s development are futile and doomed to fail”, statement read.
“We express our grave concern over the erosion of democratic elements of the Special Administrative Region’s electoral system. Actions that undermine Hong Kong’s rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy are threatening our shared wish to see Hong Kong succeed,” the foreign ministers of Five Eyes said in their statement.
Spokesperson added that Seventh Legislative Council Election of the HKSAR concluded successfully on Dec.19, in which 90 members of the new Legco were elected smoothly.
It is the first Legislative Council election following the improvement of the electoral system. It is crucial in the transition period of Hong Kong from chaos to stability and prosperity and is of great significance to the implementation of the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong” and promotion of “one country, two systems” in a stable manner.
This Legco election is fair, equitable, open, secure and clean, and the democratic rights of voters are fully respected and protected. It is widely supported by all communities of Hong Kong society.
Attacking Australian stance on HK issue, Spokesperson said that in recent years, the Australia side has gone all out to hype up its opposition to so-called “foreign interference”, while in the meantime, constantly finding various excuses to violently interfere in China’s internal affairs which fully reveals its hypocritical nature of “double standards”.
Spokesperson strongly urges the Australia side to reflect on itself and stop undermining the stability and development of other countries under any pretext.