Remarks by Spokesperson of Chinese Consulate General in Auckland on Hong Kong Issues

Taking note of the coverage by New Zealand media on foreign ministers of Five Eyes discussing the situation in Hong Kong during a conference call, I would like to reiterate on the following points:

I. The national security legislation falls within the responsibility of the Central Government of China. The legislation, adopted by the NPC Standing Committee, is a fundamental solution for Hong Kong to restore order, end chaos and resume stability. This legislation has set out systemic and comprehensive provisions regarding a legal system and enforcement mechanisms at both national and regional levels. It upholds the constitutional order in the HKSAR established by the Constitution and the Basic Law, and demonstrates the inherent requirements of "one country, two systems". It does not impact the judicial independence and a high degree of autonomy in HKSAR.

II. The legislation applies to four categories of criminal behaviors that gravely undermine national security, targeting at only a small minority of criminals but protecting the vast majority of Hong Kong people, and ensuring steady and sustained implementation of the "one country, two systems". Its implementation will strengthen Hong Kong's legal framework, maintain social order, improve business environment, and benefit Hong Kong citizens, foreign residents and international investors as well.

III. Hong Kong is one of China's special administrative regions, and Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. Certain countries’ comments and measures are in serious violation of international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and constitute gross interference in China's internal affairs. The Chinese government is firmly determined to implement "one country, two systems" and oppose foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs. The attempt to pressure China by taking advantage of Hong Kong will never succeed.

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