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Beijing denounces US senator’s remarks on HKSAR as ‘nonsense’

A mob attacked protesters in Hong Kong over the weekend.


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Updated: July 26, 2019

The Commissioner’s Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has denounced remarks by an anti-China US senator on Hong Kong as “absolute nonsense.”

Marco Rubio has alleged that “Communist Party of China used organized crime groups to attack protestors in Hong Kong” and that “they are violating everything they agreed in Hong Kong handover”.

A spokesperson for the office on Thursday condemned such hysterical smears of and attacks on China out of ulterior motives.

The spokesperson said that Rubio and some other politicians have a record of maliciously attacking China and confusing right and wrong without any moral sense.

“The recent attempt by Rubio to fabricate lies and drive a wedge between Hong Kong and the mainland for the sake of his own political interests has again exposed his despicable motives,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson pointed out that to some American politicians, only violence in their countries counts as violence, while violence in other countries and regions is a matter of human rights and freedom; only those who attack the police and endanger social order in their countries are rioters, while those damaging public property, storming government institutions and even assaulting the police elsewhere are “human rights and freedom fighters”. Such hypocritical and ridiculous application of double standards defiles and tramples upon the rule of law, and abets violent offenders.

The spokesperson stated that since the return of Hong Kong to its motherland, China’s central government has been committed to the principles of “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy in the HKSAR in strict accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law.

Hong Kong has maintained its prosperity and stability as a result, and its people enjoy unprecedentedly extensive rights and freedoms in accordance with law.

The spokesperson emphasized that Hong Kong is part of China, and its affairs are completely China’s domestic affairs.

“We will never allow any country, organization or individual to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China’s domestic affairs, and will never tolerate any efforts to undermine our national sovereignty and security and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. We strongly urge Rubio and others to immediately stop shameful attempts to stir up trouble in Hong Kong and China as a whole,” the spokesperson said.



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