HKSAR gov't strongly disapproves of U.S. memo related to Hong Kong
Xinhua 28 Jan 2023, 11:44 GMT+10
HONG KONG, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Friday expressed strong disapproval of and firm opposition to the latest actions under the so-called memorandum by the United States government in relation to the deferred enforced departure for Hong Kong residents in the United States.
The HKSAR government firmly opposes the U.S. government's baseless smearing in the so-called memorandum against the national security law in Hong Kong, a spokesperson said, adding that "the U.S. government clearly stated that its latest actions are in its 'foreign policy interest' without any attempt to disguise its motives, demonstrating sinister intentions and hegemonic bullying."
"The United States has many laws on national security, but chooses to continue to wantonly smear the national security law in Hong Kong and ignore the fact that the implementation of the law has enabled the livelihood and economic activities of the Hong Kong community at large to resume as normal, and the business environment to be restored," the spokesperson said.
"Clearly, this is hypocrisy out of political motivation with double standards, and a despicable maneuver with politics prevailing over the law," the spokesperson noted.
The spokesperson added that all law enforcement actions taken by Hong Kong law enforcement agencies are based on evidence, strictly according to the law and for the acts of the people, institutions or organizations concerned, and have nothing to do with their political stance, background or occupation.
"The U.S. government's criticisms of Hong Kong's law enforcement actions are malicious fabrication," the spokesperson said.
"The HKSAR government urges the U.S. government to immediately stop any acts against the basic norms governing international relations, and immediately stop interfering in the affairs of the HKSAR," the HKSAR spokesperson said.
The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry in the HKSAR on Friday also said that it strongly disapproved and firmly rejected U.S. government's extension and expansion of the deferral of removal of certain Hong Kong residents through the memorandum, saying that the memorandum slandered the rule of law and human rights situation in Hong Kong, and attacked the national security law in Hong Kong.
In so doing, the United States again interfered in China's internal affairs including Hong Kong affairs, and trampled on the principles of international law and the basic norms governing international relations, said a spokesperson of the office.
The spokesperson said that with the full support of the Chinese central government and the joint efforts of Hong Kong society, Hong Kong is developing along the right track of "one country, two systems."
Since the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong, the HKSAR has restored social stability and economic vitality, and featured effective governance, the spokesperson said.
What's more, Hong Kong's status as a global financial, shipping and trading center has been further strengthened, with high ranks in global legal, security, and business environment indexes, the spokesperson said, adding that international capital enjoys stronger confidence in Hong Kong's future.
These facts have proved that the national security law in Hong Kong fits Hong Kong's reality, and has played a decisive role in helping Hong Kong to move from chaos to stability and prosperity, the spokesperson noted.
The spokesperson pointed out that in disregard of Hong Kong's stability, unity and prosperity, the Hong Kong-related memorandum of the U.S. government runs counter to Hong Kong residents' aspiration for greater stability and progress, and aims to provide a safe haven for anti-China forces who left Hong Kong.
Such a manipulation of the visa policy has fully exposed the real intention of the United States to disrupt Hong Kong, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson pointed out the U.S. tactic cannot mislead fair-minded Hong Kong residents or the international community, nor can it damage Hong Kong's stability and prosperity.
Rather, it will only make the world see more clearly the "American double standard", the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson strongly urged the U.S. side to stop its wishful thinking of using Hong Kong to contain China and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any form.