Canada’s remarks ‘unwarranted’

  • China
  • Monday, 06 Jul 2020

OTTAWA: Canada made unwarranted comments on the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs, a spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in Canada said.

China’s National People’s Congress formulated National Security Law for Hong Kong and listed it in Annex III to the HKSAR Basic Law to be gazetted and enacted in Hong Kong by the SAR government, the spokesperson said in a statement.“The implementation of the law will strengthen Hong Kong’s legal framework, ensure social order, improve the business environment, and benefit Hong Kong citizens and international investors, ” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that the Chinese central government has extensively solicited opinions from all walks of life in Hong Kong to ensure the legislation is scientific, democratic and legal.

“The National Security Law attaches great importance to respecting and protecting human rights which is an important principle of the rule of law, and protects the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents according to law.

“The above legislation has received wide support from all walks of life in Hong Kong, and most countries in the international community also fully understand and respect China’s legitimate efforts to safeguard national security, ” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson pointed out that some Western countries including Canada have been meddling in Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of human rights, seriously violating international law and basic norms of international relations, and fully exposing their double standards on the issues of national security and real intention to flagrantly interfere in other countries’ internal affairs.

“Hong Kong affairs are entirely China’s internal affairs and allow no foreign interference.

“The Chinese government is firm in its determination to safeguard China’s sovereignty, ” the spokesperson said.

“We urge that Canada view the law in a fair, objective manner and to stop interfering in Hong Kong and China’s domestic affairs.” — Xinhua

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