|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on the US President's Signing of the Hong Kong-related Memorandum|
Q: On August 5, US President Biden signed a memorandum criticizing the Law of the PRC on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR. It said that recognizing the significant erosion of the rights and freedoms of the residents of Hong Kong by the PRC, he is directing the deferral of removal of certain Hong Kong residents who are present in the United State for 18 months. It added that offering safe haven for Hong Kong residents who have been deprived of their guaranteed freedoms in Hong Kong furthers United States interests in the region. Do you have any comment?
A: The so-called memorandum blatantly defames and attacks the Law of the PRC on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR and China's Hong Kong policy, which is another embodiment of the US side's vile behaviors in grossly interfering in China's Hong Kong affairs. The Chinese side deplores and firmly rejects this and has lodged solemn representations with the US side.
The enactment and implementation of the Law of the PRC on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR has improved the rule of law in Hong Kong, restored security and stability in Hong Kong, and ensured the legitimate and lawful rights and interests of Hong Kong residents. The US claim of offering "safe haven" for Hong Kong residents is completely groundless. Its real purpose is to endorse anti-China, destabilizing forces in Hong Kong, undermine Hong Kong's prosperity and stability and curb China's development.
The Chinese side urges the US side to truly respect China's sovereignty, abide by international law and basic norms governing international relations, stop meddling in the Hong Kong affairs, stop disrupting Hong Kong's rule of law, stop interfering in China's internal affairs, refrain from supporting and condoning in any way the anti-China, destabilizing forces, otherwise it will seriously damage its interests in Hong Kong, reaping what it sows.