China News Agency, Beijing, June 3 (Reporter Chen Xiaoyuan) The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Lin Zhengyue, said in Beijing on the 3rd that she and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government fully support Hong Kong-related national security legislation and will fully cooperate with the relevant legislative work of the NPC Standing Committee.
Han Zheng, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Premier of the State Council, and leader of the Central Hong Kong and Macao Work Leading Group, met with Lin Zhengyue and his party in Zhongnanhai on the same day, and listened to the views of the SAR Government on the legislation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security.
In the evening, Lin Zhengyue held a press conference at the Beijing Office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to introduce the itinerary of his visit to Beijing and answer reporters’ questions.
Lin Zhengyue said that national security is a top priority. For various reasons, Hong Kong has not yet enacted legislation to maintain national security in accordance with Article 23 of the Basic Law. In the past year, there have been many violent incidents in Hong Kong, and some people have advocated "Hong Kong independence". Therefore, the central government's initiative to enact Hong Kong-related national security legislation through the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress is the exercise of constitutional responsibility and an expression of loving Hong Kong.
She said that the Hong Kong SAR Government fully supports Hong Kong-related national security legislation and will fully cooperate with the relevant legislative work of the NPC Standing Committee. The SAR government should also establish an enforcement mechanism, strengthen law enforcement capabilities, and carry out national security education.
Regarding the United States' claim that it would take so-called "sanctions" against Hong Kong, Lin Zhengyue said that this was intimidation and was totally unfounded. She believes that Hong Kong’s unique status comes from "one country, two systems" and the Basic Law, "so I don't see how sanctions can affect Hong Kong."
Lin Zhengyue also expressed the hope that the countries concerned respect China’s position on Hong Kong-related national security legislation and do not unilaterally do anything that will have a very negative impact on bilateral relations. (Finish)