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Chinese FM Spokesperson: Australia's comments and measures on Hong Kong constitute gross interference in China's internal affairs

2020-07-10

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on July 9, Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about the Australian side's comments and measures on Hong Kong.

Journalist: Out of concerns over China's national security law for Hong Kong, the Australian Prime Minister today announced the decision to suspend the country's extradition agreement with Hong Kong and extend visas for Hong Kong residents in Australia. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: The Australian side's comments and measures are in serious violation of international law and the basic norms governing international relations. They constitute gross interference in China's internal affairs, and China doesn't accept it. We express strong condemnation and reserve the right to make further reaction, and Australia should bear all the consequences.

The Law on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong SAR is an important step to ensure the steady and sustained implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle. Its implementation will strengthen Hong Kong's legal framework, ensure social order, improve business environment, and contribute to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability. The attempt to pressure China will never succeed.

China urges Australia to immediately change course, stop intervening in Hong Kong affairs and China's domestic affairs, and prevent further harm to China-Australia relations.

Journalist: Earlier you mentioned that Australia was in breach of basic norms governing international relations with its comments and moves regarding Hong Kong. Can you tell us which laws they are?

Zhao Lijian: Isn't "non-interference in other countries' internal affairs" a basic norm governing international relations? Do I have to elaborate?

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