Wang Yi addresses the topic of the central government’s promotion of Hong Kong’s national security legislation

2020-05-24 15:45:00   Source: / China Government Net

The Third Session of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress  at the press conference hall of the Great Hall of the People at 3 pm on May 24 (Sunday), had  State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi  answered questions regarding  “Chinese foreign policy and foreign relations”. 

Reuters reporter: China’s decision to advance Hong Kong’s national security legislation has shaken the market and may lead to US retaliation measures, including the cancellation of Hong Kong’s special trade status, which has raised concerns about its future as a global financial center. Is China worried that Hong Kong’s status as a global financial center will be damaged as a result? How will China maintain investor confidence in Hong Kong?

State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi: This matter is currently attracting the attention of all parties. The central competent authority has clearly stated our position. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has also issued a statement of support. The representatives of the National People’s Congress and the CPPCC National Committee members who participated in the two sessions in Beijing also expressed their support. Since the reporter mentioned this issue, I would like to make a few more clear points.

First, Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs, and no outside interference is allowed. Non-interference in internal affairs is the basic norm of international relations, and all countries should abide.

Second, maintaining national security has always been the central authority of the country, and this is true in any country. The Central Government cited  Article 23 of the Basic Law to authorize the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to make its own legislation and perform its constitutional responsibilities, but this does not affect the central government ’s continued construction of a legal system and enforcement mechanism to maintain national security according to actual conditions and needs. The central government bears the greatest and ultimate responsibility for the national security of all local administrative regions. This is the basic theory and principle of national sovereignty, and it is also a common practice in all countries in the world.

Third, since the “Amended legislation” turmoil in June last year, “Hong Kong independence” organizations and local radical separation forces have become increasingly rampant, violent terrorist activities have been escalating, and external forces have deeply illegally interfered in Hong Kong affairs. These have caused serious harm to China’s national security. It also poses a huge threat to Hong Kong to maintain prosperity and stability and promote “One country, Two systems.” It is imperative to establish and improve the legal system and enforcement mechanism of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security.

Fourth, the decision of the National People’s Congress is aimed at a very small number of acts that seriously endanger national security, does not affect the high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong, does not affect the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents, and does not affect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors in Hong Kong. Everyone should have more confidence in the future of Hong Kong without having to worry too much. After the decision is passed, the legislative process will be initiated, which will enable Hong Kong to have a more complete legal system, a more stable social order, a better rule of law and a business environment, which is conducive to maintaining the basic principle of “One country, Two systems” and Hong Kong ’s Financial, trade and shipping center status. It is believed that all friends from all over the world wish Hong Kong to have a long-term peace and stability and ” a one country, two systems”.


Translation: 【Key】 Review:【GM31】

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