China News Service, Hong Kong, February 8 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong retweeted four former U.S. consuls general in Hong Kong who jointly issued a statement to falsely comment on judicial cases in the Hong Kong SAR, supporting the anti-China and disruptive Hong Kong activist Jimmy Lai and absolving him of his crimes. , blatantly interfered with Hong Kong's justice, interfered in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs, the spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Commissioner's Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong) expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition on the 8th.

  The spokesperson said that the core essence of the rule of law is that laws must be followed, law enforcement must be strict, and violations must be investigated. The Hong Kong Basic Law and the National Security Law clearly guarantee the broad rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong citizens in accordance with the law, including freedom of speech and press. But rights and freedoms are not a "shield" for illegal crimes. Jimmy Lai is the mastermind and instigator of the anti-China chaos in Hong Kong, the "agent" and "pawn" of external anti-China forces, and the driving force behind the chaos in Hong Kong. The trial of Jimmy Lai in accordance with the law is a matter of national security and legal dignity, and is not at all an issue of "freedom of speech and press" that is whitewashed by a few external forces. The law enforcement agencies of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region handle cases impartially, and the judicial organs handle cases in accordance with the law and are based on the law. It is a matter of course.

  The spokesperson pointed out that Li Zhiying's case has entered the judicial process and no external force has the right to make irresponsible remarks on the case. Some external forces use all kinds of tricks to excuse Jimmy Lai, cover up and beautify, slander and pressure the SAR government, blatantly interfere in the SAR's judiciary, seriously violate the spirit of the rule of law, the principles of international law and the basic norms of international relations. It is a combination of naked political manipulation and hypocrisy. mark.

  The spokesperson stressed that the central government will comprehensively, accurately and unswervingly implement the "one country, two systems" policy and fully support the Hong Kong SAR in punishing crimes that endanger national security in accordance with the law. We welcome more friends who sincerely support "one country, two systems" to contribute to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, but we do not accept any external forces intervening in Hong Kong affairs in the name of "caring for Hong Kong." We urge the United States to earnestly respect the spirit of the rule of law, immediately stop interfering in undermining the administration of justice in the SAR, and immediately stop interfering in China's internal affairs. (over)