Hua Chunying: “Patriot governance” is a common practice in all countries, and attempts to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and exert pressure on China will failBy yqqlm yqqlm
China News Service, Beijing, March 31 (Reporter Zhang Su) China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying pointed out at a regular press conference on the 31st that “Patriot Governance” is a common practice in various countries and attempts to interfere in Hong Kong affairs. Putting pressure on China will fail.
Hua, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chunying. Photo by Xue Wei
A reporter asked a question on the same day. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress reviewed and approved amendments to Annex 1 and Annex 2 of the Hong Kong Basic Law on the 30th. Countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States claimed that this action undermined Hong Kong’s democracy and harmed the freedom of Hong Kong people. The “Sino-British Joint Statement” violates China’s international obligations. What is China’s comment?
Hua Chunying said that the 27th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress reviewed and approved the amendments to Annex I and Annex II of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This is a comprehensive and accurate implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” policy. The principle of “patriots ruling Hong Kong” and fully ensuring the long-term stability of Hong Kong provides a solid institutional guarantee and fully reflects the common aspirations of all Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots.
As for Britain and the United States and other countries questioning the principle of “Patriots governing Hong Kong”, Hua Chunying retorted that the principle of “Patriots governing” has in fact been a common practice in all countries in the world. The United States, Britain and other countries have long established strict standards for patriotic loyalty in their own laws, especially for public officials to be loyal to the country.
Hua Chunying gave an example that the United States law stipulates that the first general principle of the basic responsibilities of government workers is to be loyal to the United States Constitution and laws. If anyone supports the overthrow of the United States Constitution and government, or participates in targeting the United States Government strikes or organizations involved in related activities are not allowed to hold positions in the U.S. government.
The criminal law of the United States clearly stipulates that people who have committed crimes such as riots and treason are not allowed to hold public office. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives also have independent ethics committees that are specifically responsible for supervising and investigating whether members of Congress are unfaithful to the federal government. In the history of the United States, 18 members of Congress were disqualified because they were not loyal to the Union.
The United Kingdom has enacted laws to maintain national security, such as the Treason Act 1351, the Treason Felony Act 1848, and the Official Secrets Act 1989 to combat secession, subversion of state power, and collusion. Crimes such as external forces and leaking state secrets ensure that people are loyal to the country and maintain national security. These laws also apply to public officials.
The U.S. federal government assumes the responsibility of improving the electoral system, and through specific election rules to ensure that the elected are “patriots.” As a unitary country, the central government decides the electoral system in all parts of the United Kingdom. At the same time, both the United States and Britain have a huge number of electoral system legislation.
“Only in the past two years, U.S. conference members have proposed more than 40 bills on improving the electoral system. It was on the same day that the National People’s Congress of China announced the agenda for improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (March US Eastern Time). On the evening of the 3rd), the U.S. House of Representatives also passed a “For the People’s Act” on improving the electoral system and improving election security. The British central government has also formulated more than 200 laws, orders, and rules concerning elections. The elections of councillors, mayors, police and crime commissioners in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland made regulations.”
Hua Chunying stated that the British accused China of “violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermining Hong Kong’s democracy. Freedom violates China’s international obligations.” This is totally disregarding facts and reversing black and white. She pointed out that the Chinese government governs Hong Kong on the basis of the Chinese Constitution and Hong Kong Basic Law, not the “Sino-British Joint Declaration”. The core of the “Joint Declaration” is to ensure that China resumes its sovereignty over Hong Kong. The British side has no supervisory power and so-called moral responsibility for Hong Kong after the return, and has no qualifications and legal basis to interfere in Hong Kong affairs.
“In fact, the British colonial rule of Hong Kong for more than 150 years did not give Hong Kong any democratic freedom. Successive governors were appointed by the British. The “Public Security Ordinance” and “Society Ordinance” “Assemblies, demonstrations, and associations are strictly restricted. Hong Kong people have no freedom to take to the streets to protest and demonstrate.” Hua Chunying said that the Chinese central government is the defender and promoter of Hong Kong’s democracy. After the reunification, Hong Kong compatriots really began to be the masters of the country. The central government has always adhered to the constitution and the Basic Law to gradually promote a democratic system that conforms to the actual conditions of Hong Kong, and has made great efforts to this end.
Hua Chunying said that in August 2014, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress made a decision to further stipulate the roadmap and timetable for universal suffrage of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Legislative Council. It was the anti-China forces that deliberately obstructed the destruction and vetoed the universal suffrage plan, which made it impossible to achieve the goal of universal suffrage for the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council.
She said that during the “Regulations Amendment Disturbance” in 2019, the anti-China and Hong Kong rioters blatantly colluded with external forces in an attempt to instigate a “color revolution” in response to internal and external forces. With the open or secret support and connivance of the West, they engage in extremely violent criminal activities, obstructing traffic, beating, smashing, looting and burning, attacking police with lethal weapons, lynching ordinary citizens, and even setting fire to people in the street. Some foreign diplomats stationed in Hong Kong waved the British and American flags and requested the US military to land in Hong Kong.
“These activities have seriously damaged Hong Kong’s constitutional order and the rule of law, and seriously endangered the country’s sovereignty, security, development interests, and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. No sovereign country can tolerate this.”< /p>
Hua Chunying pointed out that the amendment and improvement of the Hong Kong electoral system by the National People’s Congress this time precisely reflects the central government’s persistence and improvement of the “one country, two systems” system and the good intentions and historical responsibility of maintaining Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability. It reflects the broad and balanced political participation of Hong Kong residents, and better takes into account the interests of all classes, sectors, and aspects of society, which is conducive to improving the governance efficiency of the SAR and lays a good foundation for the ultimate realization of universal suffrage. This is the democracy that the people of Hong Kong should truly enjoy, and this is the long-term plan that is truly conducive to safeguarding the fundamental interests of Hong Kong.
Hua Chunying emphasized that the primary responsibility and obligation of the Chinese government is to ensure territorial sovereignty and security, including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and to ensure that external forces and their political agents cannot arbitrarily instigate “colors” in Hong Kong. “Revolution” endangers Hong Kong’s security, stability, development and prosperity, and ensures that Hong Kong governors truly serve the well-being of Hong Kong compatriots.
Hua Chunying pointed out that British and American congressmen and politicians are elected by American and British voters. They have no right to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. These congressmen should do more for their own voters. The epidemic in the United Kingdom and the United States is so severe, so many people have lost their lives, and so many people are addicted to drugs, are homeless, and live on the streets. Racism and social injustice are becoming more and more serious. What have these congressmen doing? What they really should do is to listen to the voice of their own people, care about the welfare of their own people, and manage their own affairs well.
Finally, Hua Chunying emphasized that Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong. Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. The Chinese government has the determination and confidence to safeguard national sovereignty, security, development interests, and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. , Have the confidence to continue to implement the “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong”, and a high degree of autonomy. Any external forces should not attempt to intervene in Hong Kong affairs and put pressure on China, otherwise they will suffer a shameful failure. (End)