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Embassy Spokesperson's Statement on British Foreign Secretary's Remarks on Hong Kong

Question: On 26 September, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab answered an Urgent Question at the House of Commons. He said that “I remain seriously concerned by the situation in Hong Kong” and that “We expect China to live up to its obligations under it [Chinese-British joint declaration] and… to its wider international human rights law obligations, including those in the UN charter”. What is your comment on this?

Embassy Spokesperson: We express grave concern and firm opposition to the British government official once again making irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong. We have made our solemn position on Hong Kong clear to the UK on many occasions. I want to stress that since the handover, “One Country, Two Systems” has achieved remarkable success in Hong Kong, which is widely recognized by the international community. The Hong Kong people now enjoy unprecedented freedom and rights. The colonial era is long gone and Hong Kong is now a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. The UK has no sovereignty, no right to govern or supervise over Hong Kong. Hong Kong affairs are purely internal affairs of China. We would never allow any external force to use any excuse to interfere in Hong Kong affairs. I hope the UK would have a clear understanding of the facts and the overall situation, immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and other internal affairs of China, and do more to help maintain the prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and enhance mutual trust between China and the UK, instead of doing the opposite.

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