HONG KONG - Foreign governments should not interfere in any way in the internal affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a HKSAR Government spokesman said on Thursday.
The government spokesman made the remarks after the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office published a report commenting on Hong Kong’s development from July to December 2017.
The six-monthly report noted that the “one country, two systems” principle had been well implemented overall in Hong Kong, but it also said the principle had come under pressure.
Urging foreign governments to stop interfering in Hong Kong’s internal affairs, the spokesman said: ”Since the return to the motherland, the HKSAR has been exercising a high degree of autonomy and 'Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong' in strict accordance with the Basic Law.
“This demonstrates the full and successful implementation of the 'one country, two systems' principle, which has been widely recognized by the international community,” he added.
Also responding to the report, a spokesman for the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the HKSAR demanded the British government stop making irresponsible remarks about Hong Kong affairs.
“Since Hong Kong’s return, ‘one country, two systems’ and the Basic Law has been effectively implemented. Hong Kong continues to maintain its prosperity and stability.
“Hong Kong residents enjoy more extensive democratic rights and freedoms than at any time in (their) history. The British side should be very clear about this,” the spokesman said.
“Hong Kong is part of China and Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. No foreign country has the right to interfere under any pretext,” the spokesman added.
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