Saturday, February 25, 2017

China urges UK to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs

China on Friday urged the United Kingdom to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs after the UK government released the latest Six-Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong.

"Over the past 20 years since the return of Hong Kong, the Chinese central government has been comprehensively implementing the principles of 'one country, two systems,' 'Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong,' and its high degree of autonomy, strictly following the Constitution as well as the Basic Law, and fully supporting the Chief Executive and the Special Administrative Region (SAR) government in administering law-based governance," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday night.

He said Hong Kong continues enjoying prosperity and stability, and that Hong Kong residents enjoy every right and freedom they are entitled to in accordance with the law.

Geng said Hong Kong is China's Special Administrative Region and that Hong Kong affairs are China's domestic affairs in which no foreign country has the right to interfere.

"The British government has been releasing the so-called Six-Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong on a regular basis since the return of Hong Kong, which we consistently and firmly oppose," he said.

"We ask the British side not to release the relevant report and not to interfere in Hong Kong affairs," said the spokesperson.

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