China to safeguard its territorial authority at all cost: Spokesperson

BEIJING: A spokesperson of the Chinese foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian reiterated that his country will safeguard its territorial and administrative authority in Hong Kong at all cost.

Commenting on US’s restriction on some Chinese officials for Hong Kong-related matters, the spokesperson said, the national security legislation for the HKSAR is China’s internal affair, and no foreign country has any right to interfere.

The Chinese government is firmly committed to safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, implementing “one country, two systems”, and opposing interference in Hong Kong affairs by external forces.

The US attempts to obstruct China’s legislation for safeguarding national security in the HKSAR by imposing the so-called sanctions, but it will never succeed.

Reacting to the above-mentioned erroneous move by the US side, China decides to impose visa restrictions on US individuals with egregious conducts on Hong Kong-related issues, he added.

Zhao Lijian regretted that the US Senate, in total disregard of China’s solemn position, obstinately passed the negative bill regarding Hong Kong.

It is vicious denigration of the national security legislation for Hong Kong, grave interference in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs, and violation of international law and basic norms of international relations. China rejects it and has lodged solemn representations with the US.

The national security legislation for Hong Kong aims to safeguard China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, lasting peace, stability and prosperity in Hong Kong, and steady and sustained implementation of “one country, two systems”.

 

 Hong Kong affairs are China’s domestic affairs that allow no foreign interference

 

The Chinese government is firmly determined to uphold national sovereignty, security and development interests, implement “one country, two systems” and oppose external interference in Hong Kong.

Separatist forces intending to disrupt Hong Kong can clamor as they like and anti-China external forces may try to exert pressure, but neither will stop China’s resolute action to advance the legislation. Their attempts are doomed to fail. This act will be nothing more than a piece of paper.

We urge the US side to grasp the situation and immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any way.

It shall not push or implement the negative bill concerning Hong Kong, even less imposing sanctions on the Chinese side based on it. Otherwise China will react firmly with strong countermeasures. And the US shall bear all the consequences, he added.

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