The Chinese Embassy urged British politicians four times in 11 days: to recognize the fact that "Hong Kong has returned to China"
[Global Times reporter Qiang Wei] After seven former British foreign ministers sent a joint letter to Prime Minister Johnson requesting the Group of Seven (G7) to jointly establish an "international liaison group" to cope with changes in the situation in Hong Kong, the current British Foreign Secretary Rab local time on the 3rd A statement was also issued in the lower house of parliament on Hong Kong-related national security legislation, threatening that if China does not withdraw relevant legislation, Britain will cooperate with international partners to take further measures. In this regard, the spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom once again severely refuted this. Since May 25, the Chinese Embassy in the UK has urged relevant British politicians to recognize the fact that "Hong Kong has returned to China" four times within 11 days.
Rab claimed on the 3rd that the relevant legislation ended "one country, two systems", undermining the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong citizens, violating the "Sino-British Joint Declaration" and the Hong Kong Basic Law, claiming that if China does not withdraw the relevant legislation, Britain will change Arrangements for holders of National (Overseas) Passports (BNO).
A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the UK said on the 4th that Rab once again made irresponsible remarks on the legislation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security, and flagrantly interfered in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs. China expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this. The spokesman reiterated that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s national security legislation is purely an internal matter of China, and no foreign country has the right to interfere.
The spokesman said that no country has the right to interfere in Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of the "Sino-British Joint Statement", otherwise it would violate the principles of international law that respect national sovereignty and territorial integrity and do not interfere in each other's internal affairs. Regarding the issue of "British National (Overseas) Passport" (BNO), the British side had exchanged memorandums with China, expressly promising not to grant Hong Kong Chinese citizens holding BNO passports the right of abode in the UK. If the British side insists on unilaterally changing the relevant practices, it will not only violate its own position and commitment, but also violate the basic principles of international law and international relations.
"We urge the British side to recognize the fact that Hong Kong has returned to China, abide by the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs, otherwise they will definitely throw themselves on the feet." The spokesman said.
A Global Times reporter noted that this is the fourth time in 11 days that a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the UK has rebutted the British remarks concerning Hong Kong. Some British politicians have repeatedly criticized Hong Kong’s national security legislation on several occasions and made explicit interference in China’s internal affairs. Earlier, a spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy issued a joint statement on "Western politicians such as the former British Governor Patten Kang" on May 25, May 29 and June 2. A former British Foreign Secretary sent a letter to the British Prime Minister Johnson "to respond to concerns expressed in Hong Kong.
The Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom has repeatedly emphasized that Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs, and the maintenance of national security is the central authority of all countries in the world. The maintenance of national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is conducive to the implementation of “one country, two systems” and the protection of the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents. "" is a pseudo-proposition.
In an interview with the media recently, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK, said that the problem with American and British politicians is that they still view Hong Kong as part of British colonial rule, which is completely wrong.