Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks
2020/11/12

We strongly deplore Australian Foreign Minister’s statement on Hong Kong on 12 November 2020.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted this decision on the qualification of members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the HKSAR in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution, the Basic Law and the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR. It is a necessary 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. Those who break the law must be held accountable, which is the basic principle of any law-based society.

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China, and the qualification of HKSAR LegCo members is purely an internal affair of China. No other country has the right to make irresponsible remarks or intervene in the matter. We urge the Australian side to abide by international law and basic norms of international relations, and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.

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