China News Service, September 12 According to the website of the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom, the spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom answered questions from reporters on the 12th on the passage of the Hong Kong-related motion in the City of London.
The spokesperson pointed out that the City of London hopes that the City of London will cherish the hard-won achievements of Sino-British cooperation, recognize the reality that Hong Kong has returned to China, treat Hong Kong's national security law objectively, immediately correct mistakes, and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any way.
The reporter asked a question that on September 10, the City Council of London passed a motion stating that the British government believed that China’s implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Act violated the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermined Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy; noted that the British government is Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. National (Overseas) (BNO) passport holders expand their right of abode, and the City welcomes relevant Hong Kong residents.
Does the Chinese Embassy in the UK have any comment on this?
In response, the spokesperson of the embassy pointed out that the relevant motion of the City of London Council unfounded accusations of Hong Kong's national security law and interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this.
I want to point out:
First, the so-called "violation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration" by the Hong Kong National Security Law is purely a false proposition.
The ultimate goal and core content of the "Sino-British Joint Declaration" is to confirm China's recovery of Hong Kong.
After Hong Kong returned to China on July 1, 1997, the rights and obligations related to Britain in the "Joint Statement" have been fulfilled.
No country has the right to use the "Joint Declaration" to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs.
Second, the so-called "undermining Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy" by the Hong Kong National Security Law is pure slander.
The Hong Kong National Security Law fills up the long-standing legal loopholes in Hong Kong. The implementation of this law is conducive to upholding and perfecting "One Country, Two Systems", is conducive to protecting the rights and freedom of Hong Kong people, and is conducive to maintaining Hong Kong's prosperity, stability and long-term stability.
Third, the British party violates its own obligations in providing BNO with the right of abode.
China and Britain exchanged memoranda on the issue of BNO passports. In the memorandum, the British side explicitly promised not to grant Hong Kong Chinese citizens holding BNO passports the right of abode in the UK.
In spite of China’s strong opposition and repeated representations, the British side provided paths for relevant persons to stay and naturalize in the UK, severely violated its own commitments, seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs, and seriously violated international law and basic norms of international relations.
The embassy spokesperson emphasized that in recent years, the City of London has been committed to promoting local exchanges and financial cooperation between China and Britain.
I hope the City of London will cherish the hard-won achievements of Sino-British cooperation, recognize the reality that Hong Kong has returned to China, treat Hong Kong’s national security law objectively, immediately correct mistakes, stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any way, and contribute to the development of China-UK relations. Positive energy, not the other way around.
Screenshot of the website of the Chinese Embassy in the UK