China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a video clip Friday, in which spokesperson Geng Shuang slammed British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s remarks on Hong Kong at a daily press conference on Wednesday. The video went viral.
Geng said UK had no sovereignty, no jurisdiction and no right to supervise Hong Kong after the handover and there was also no room for Britain to claim any so-called responsibility over Hong Kong, which was in response to Mr Hunt’s claim that the Sino-British Joint Declaration remained legally binding and there would be serious consequences if it was not honored.
"On July 1, 1997, China resumed sovereignty over Hong Kong and started exercising jurisdiction over Hong Kong in accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law of Hong Kong SAR," Geng said. "Britain claiming itself the guardian of Hong Kong is nothing more than self-entertaining."
Geng also refuted Hunt's brazen statements that the UK negotiated freedoms for Hong Kong. "People in Hong Kong didn't even have the right to take to the streets when the British governors were in Hong Kong. It is only after the return that Hong Kong residents started enjoying unprecedented democratic rights and freedoms," said Geng.
In response to the violent storming of the Legislative Council on July 1, Geng said that it was a grave illegal activity and trampled on the rule of law and undermined social order. "That Mr. Hunt called the SAR government's response 'repression' is entirely misleading," said Geng.
"We hope that the UK side, especially Mr. Hunt, ceases to overreach and interfere. Such attempts are doomed to fail," stressed Geng.
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