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Chinese FM Spokesperson:Unjustified Accusations Made by Some Western Politicians against China Have Fully Exposed Their Double Standards

2020-11-13

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on November 12, Spokesperson Wang Wenbin answered a question about the disqualification of 4 HKSAR LegCo members.

Journalist: The U.S. has recently warned of further sanctions against China after four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers were disqualified yesterday. Other countries including the UK and Germany have also criticized the disqualification of these lawmakers. What's China's response?

Wang Wenbin: You mentioned a handful of countries who criticized the relevant decision made by the NPC Standing Committee. I want to tell you that first, they have no right to make such criticism; second, their criticism makes no sense;and third, their criticism has no audience. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. The issue of the qualification of the HKSAR LegCo members is purely an internal affair of China, and other countries have no right to make irresponsible remarks and interfere.

This decision made by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China is a necessary and essential step to uphold and improve the "one country, two systems", implement the Basic Law and the Hong Kong national security law, and maintain the rule of law and constitutional order in the HKSAR. It conforms to the fundamental interests of all the Chinese people, including the HKSAR compatriots and is conducive to safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests and the long-term stability and prosperity of the HKSAR. We firmly support the HKSAR government in performing its duties in accordance with law based on the decision of the NPC Standing Committee.

Civil servants pledging allegiance is a common practice adopted worldwide. In the United States, members of Congress must pledge their allegiance to the Constitution of the United States; in Britain, anyone who refuses to serve the Queen will not be able to serve as a member of Parliament. As the HKSAR LegCo members are also civil servants, they must, of course, declare their allegiance to uphold the Basic Law and serve the HKSAR. No country will turn a blind eye to violations of oath and betrayals by government officials, including lawmakers. The unjustified accusations made by some western politicians against China have fully exposed their double standards.

We urge those people to abide by international law and the basic norms of international relations and to stop interfering in China's internal affairs, including Hong Kong affairs, in any way. China will not be pressured and no attempt to undermine China's sovereignty, security, and development interests will succeed.

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