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China appreciates Russia’s position on HK-related affairs
    2020-05-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINA fully agrees with and highly appreciates Russia’s recent positive Hong Kong-related statement, which stands as a strong illustration of the high level of the Russia-China relationship, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said yesterday.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a press conference when asked about comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday. Lavrov said that Hong Kong affairs fall within China’s domestic affairs, while the United States’ threat to impose sanctions on China fully exposed their sense of superiority and impunity, which is not conducive to effective dialogue between the United States and China on other issues.

Under the strategic guidance of the two heads of states, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era has continued to develop in a healthy and stable manner, the spokesperson said, noting that the two sides have always firmly supported each other, especially on issues involving their core interests.

Reiterating that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and a local administrative region directly under the Central People’s Government, the spokesperson said the legislation for the HKSAR to safeguard national security “is purely China’s internal affair, and no foreign country has the right to interfere.”

The Chinese Government is determined to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, implementing the “one country, two systems” policy, and opposing external interference in Hong Kong affairs, he said, adding that if anyone is bent on harming China’s interests, China will have to take all necessary measures to fight back.

As of Tuesday evening, the number of Hong Kong residents signing a petition in support of the national security legislation had surpassed 1.1 million.

The petition activity was launched Sunday by a newly established organization jointly initiated by thousands of people and hundreds of groups representing various sectors in the Hong Kong community.

Over the past three days, 2,005 street stands have been set up across Hong Kong and collected over 730,000 public signatures, according to the organizer — United Front Supporting National Security Legislation.

In addition, more than 400,000 Hong Kong residents have taken part in the petition online.

Also, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday that the national legislature’s national security legislation for the SAR is in strict accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law, and the HKSAR Government will fully support the legislation.

The decision by the National People’s Congress (NPC) on national security legislation for Hong Kong has solid and unquestionable constitutional and legal basis, Lam said in response to the unwarranted remarks by some foreign politicians.

The legislation will not violate the Basic Law of the HKSAR, instead will improve the system and mechanisms related to the implementation of the Basic Law. It will help ensure the full implementation of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong and safeguard Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability, Lam said at a media session before the Executive Council meeting Tuesday morning.?(Xinhua)

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