Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks

Bloomberg: In a joint statement, the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK called on the Chinese government to reconsider actions against Hong Kong's elected legislature and immediately reinstate the Legislative Council members. Does the foreign ministry have any comment on this?

Zhao Lijian: You mean the Five Eyes Alliance, right?

The Chinese people will not provoke troubles, but we never flinch when trouble comes our way. No matter how many eyes they have, five or ten or whatever, should anyone dare to undermine China's sovereignty, security and development interests, be careful not to get poked in the eye.

We deplore and firmly oppose relevant country's finger-pointing over China's Hong Kong affairs, which is a flagrant violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations.

We have stated China's solemn position on the relevant issue on many occasions. Today I would like to say a few more words regarding this. The NPC Standing Committee's decision on the eligibility of the HKSAR Legislative Council's members in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution, the Basic Law and the Hong Kong-related national security law is an inherent requirement of upholding and improving the system of "one country, two systems" and a necessary step to maintain the rule of law and constitutional order in the HKSAR. This is legal, reasonable and unchallengeable.

There is a saying in English that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating". In China, there is a similar saying that "only the wearer of the shoes knows if they fit or not. " Since the implementation of the Law of the PRC on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR, there have been no more so-called "beautiful sight to behold' in Hong Kong. Isn't that telling enough?

Civil servants must uphold their country's constitutional laws and honor the pledge of allegiance to the motherland, which is the basic political ethics in all countries, right? The Hong Kong SAR is an inalienable part of China. All the Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, will never allow anyone that advocates or supports the idea of Hong Kong independence, refuses to recognize the state's sovereignty and exercise of it over Hong Kong, and seeks external interference in Hong Kong affairs and endanger national security to manage or govern Hong Kong. It is only natural that those who love the country and Hong Kong should govern Hong Kong, while those anti-China disrupters who stir up troubles in Hong Kong should be knocked out.

Since the return of Hong Kong to the motherland, the Chinese government has governed Hong Kong in accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law, and the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents have been fully guaranteed in accordance with the law. This is an undeniable fact. Relevant countries should face up to the fact that Hong Kong has returned to China, abandon double standards, earnestly respect China's sovereignty, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs and China's other internal affairs in any form. Any attempt to pressure China and undermine China's sovereignty, security and development interests will not succeed.


Reuters: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, after complaints from China's Embassy there, said that tensions in the relationship were caused by Australia just being Australia, and that Australia acted in its own interests and values and would not change its policy. What is your comment?

Zhao Lijian: We have said many times that the root cause for the deteriorating China-Australia relations is Australia's repeated wrong acts and remarks on issues concerning China's core interests and major concerns as well as its provocative and confrontational actions. The Australian side should own up to the crux of the matter, take China's concerns seriously and adopt concrete actions to correct their mistakes. I also want to stress that with mutual respect serving as the basis for state-to-state relations, China firmly opposes the act of hurting other country's interests in the name of protecting one's own and imposing one's will on others under the excuse of protecting its own values.

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