Washington (People's Daily) – In a statement released on Thursday, the Chinese Embassy in the US emphasized that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and allow no external interference.
“The Central Government is responsible for upholding national security in China, as is the case in any other country. For some time, internal and external hostile forces are trying to use Hong Kong to split the country, subvert the government, carry out terrorist acts and interfere in the affairs of Hong Kong SAR. Hong Kong has become a notable source of risk to China’s national security. The Central Government, which shoulders the primary and ultimate responsibility for upholding national security, cannot just sit by and do nothing,” the Chinese Embassy in the US said in the statement.
The embassy underlined the importance and necessity of the National People's Congress’ decision. “The National People's Congress' decision about the Hong Kong SAR national security legislation targets a very narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize China’s national security. It has no impact on Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents or the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors in Hong Kong. It will provide a fundamental guarantee for the effective implementation of ‘one country, two systems’. ”
The Chinese Embassy in the US reiterated that “as for foreign meddling in Hong Kong affairs, we will take necessary countermeasures in response.”