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Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 01:25

MFA: Foreign countries have no right to interfere in HK

By chinadailyasia.com

HONG KONG - Foreign countries have no right to interfere in Hong Kong affairs, which are completely China’s internal matters, the Foreign Ministry’s office in the SAR stressed on Tuesday.

A spokesperson from the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong said the office is firmly against any foreign government’s intervening in affairs of the SAR with whatever means.

Foreign countries have no right to interfere in Hong Kong affairs, which are completely China’s internal matters, the Foreign Ministry’s office in the SAR stressed

The spokesperson told reporter the interpretation of the Basic Law by the top national legislature demonstrates the central government's firm determination and will against “Hong Kong independence”.

The interpretation underscores the authority of the Basic Law and the rule of law in Hong Kong and complies with the common aspirations of all Chinese people, including compatriots in Hong Kong, he said, adding the move is “necessary and timely”

Also on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) asked other countries to be cautious with their comments and actions - and not to offer support to those advocating "Hong Kong independence".

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remarks at a regular briefing. Lu was commenting on reports that Britain on Monday said it recognized the right of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee to interpret Hong Kong’s Basic Law. The United Kingdom also expressed concern at recent developments in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and the timing of the interpretation.

A spokesperson for the US State Department has said it was "disappointed" by recent developments concerning LegCo.

But Lu Kang said disgraceful moves by forces advocating "Hong Kong independence" were attempting to split the country and were publicly seek external support. This was the biggest threat to the "One Country, Two Systems" principle, he added.

On Monday, China's top legislature adopted an interpretation to Article 104 of the Basic Law . This clarified the implications and requirements of the oaths taken by legislators-elect.

Lu said that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and its affairs fall within China's domestic domain. Adoption of the interpretation was a move made by China's top legislature to exercise its lawful right endowed by the Basic Law to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities. "It is completely within China's sovereignty and other countries have no right to interfere."

He added, "We demand all relevant countries to honor their open commitments, mind their own words and deeds, not interfere in Hong Kong's domestic affairs nor give support to 'Hong Kong independence' forces."

Xinhua contributed to this story.

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