OPINIONS Observer: US interference in HK affairs intolerable

OPINIONS

Observer: US interference in HK affairs intolerable

By Ren Yu | People's Daily app

19:18, August 29, 2019

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Since June, several demonstrations and gatherings have taken place in Hong Kong. Some of them have deviated from the peaceful track, turning violent and destructive.

Some violent radicals besieged and attacked the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). They wantonly defaced the national flag, national emblem and HKSAR regional emblem, vandalized public facilities, beat journalists and tourists, and attacked police officers.

Meanwhile, behind these acts, some politicians from the United States have interfered in Hong Kong affairs, which is China’s internal affairs.

These US politicians frequently make irresponsible remarks about Hong Kong affairs. They make Hong Kong-related accusations that are wanton, distortion of facts and inflammatory. They even ignore international rules and human conscience, glamorizing violent crimes as “struggles for human rights and freedom” and “a beautiful sight to behold.”

According to reports, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Ted Yoho on August 12 tweeted that Hong Kong police repressed demonstrators with violence and that the Chinese central government eroded democracy and freedom in Hong Kong.

US politicians also frequently meet and engage with anti-China rabble-rousers in Hong Kong, criticize the Chinese central government and HKSAR government unreasonably, incite violent confrontation and prop up illegal rioters.

According to Ta Kung Pao, a major newspaper in Hong Kong, a female official from the US met several radical opposition figures, including "Hong Kong independence" activist Joshua Wong on August 6. Later, the secret woman was identified as Julie Eadeh, political unit chief of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong.

These acts of arbitrarily intervening in Hong Kong affairs by the US are a gross interference in China's internal affairs, blatant violation of the norms of international law and international relations, and even a flagrant practice of hegemony.

Facts have proven that it is the help of some US politicians that has given violent radicals and opposition parties in Hong Kong “nothing to fear.”

The acts of these violent radicals have severely undermined Hong Kong's rule of law, social order, economic well-being and international image. Their acts also blatantly challenged the authority of the central government and the bottom line of the "one country, two systems" principle.

This is a flagrant provocation against the firm resolve of the 1.4 billion Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, who safeguard the unity of the country and territorial and sovereign integrity.

Hong Kong is part of China. Hong Kong’s fate has always been closely linked to the motherland.

Since Hong Kong's return 22 years ago, the success of the "one country, two systems" principle in Hong Kong has been universally recognized. In 2018, the total economic value of Hong Kong was $360 billion, twice more than that of 1996; The number of tourists visiting Hong Kong in 2018 was more than 65 million, over six times as many as in 1997. Hong Kong’s position as an international financial, trade and shipping center has been solid and indicators of economic and social development are among the best in the world.

China’s comprehensive promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative and the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area bring new and greater opportunities for Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong should consider itself a part of China’s development,” said Martin Jacques, a senior fellow at Cambridge University. The sustained and rapid development of the motherland provides a rare opportunity, inexhaustible driving force and broad space for Hong Kong to develop.

Whether Hong Kong has a bright future or not lies in the comprehensive and accurate implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle and the Hong Kong Basic Law, the active integration into the big picture of the motherland's development and benefit from the development of the mainland.

Stopping violence and restoring order is what the people want. Some US politicians are despicable with ill intentions. The facts will finally prove that the Chinese government and the Chinese people have the confidence and ability to defend their national sovereignty, security, and unity, and safeguard Hong Kong's prosperity and stability. They will never tolerate the challenge of the "one country, two systems" principle. Some US politicians’ anti-China attempts and messing up Hong Kong are destined to fail.

(Compiled by Zhang Jian)

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