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US commission blasted after SAR status report


US commission blasted after SAR status report
In this March 30, 2016 photo, people walk in a business district in Central, Hong Kong. (Roy Liu / China Daily)
HONG KONG – The Hong Kong government on Friday blasted a report by the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China which threatened to revoke Hong Kong’s special status in trading and other activities.

In a statement, the SAR government said Hong Kong exercises a high degree of autonomy and the principle of "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" in accordance with the Basic Law.

“Foreign legislatures should not interfere in Hong Kong's internal affairs,” the statement writes.

The Hong Kong SAR Government said exercising this high degree of autonomy demonstrates the successful implementation of the "One Country, Two Systems" principle since Hong Kong's return to China, which is widely recognized by the international community.

The SAR government was responding to a report issued by the commission on Thursday. The report suggested that it would consider withdrawing or revising Hong Kong’s special status in trading and other aspects, as entailed by the Hong Kong Policy Act enacted in 1992.

The act allows Hong Kong continues to enjoy its original status in the political, economic and trading spheres – different from the Chinese mainland’s activities in regard to the US – owing to its “One Country, Two Systems” framework.

The US Department of State used to submit a report on the act annually until 2014. The report was later re-introduced after the former National Security Agency subcontractor Edward Snowden – on the US wanted list after leaking the government’s illegal surveillance activities over its citizen – fled to Hong Kong and managed to disappear from the US government’s radar.

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