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Statement by the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations

2020/05/28

On May 27, the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations made unwarranted comments on the draft decision of the National People's Congress to establish and improve the legal framework and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security. In gross interference into China's internal affairs, the US Mission made groundless charges against China's lawful and legitimate measures, and raised a baseless request for a Security Council meeting. China expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition and has lodged solemn representations with the US Mission.

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and allow no external interference. Since the turbulence over proposed legislative amendments in 2019, those trying to sow trouble in Hong Kong and China at large have been colluding with external forces, escalating violence, and posing a real threat to national security. In face of acts seriously undermining national security, no country will sit idly by. The Central Government is responsible for upholding national security in China, as is the case in any other country. It is totally legitimate, legal and imperative for the National People's Congress to establish and improve, at the state level, the legal framework and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security in accordance with China's Constitution and the Basic Law of the HKSAR. The HKSAR's national security legislation targets a very narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security. It conduces to better implementing "One country, two systems" and has no impact on Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents or the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors in Hong Kong.

The United States, distorting facts and confounding black and white, has attempted to clear the guilt of those creating troubles for Hong Kong and China as a whole, and threatened and intimidated the government of the HKSAR. It has unshirkable responsibility for the serious, organized violence that happened in Hong Kong last year. Having enacted dozens of national security laws itself, the United States tries to interfere in China's national security legislation. Such double standard has fully exposed the vicious intention of the United States. The legal basis for the Chinese government's administration of Hong Kong is the Chinese Constitution and the Basic Law of the HKSAR, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration. The United States has no legal basis or right to invoke the Sino-British Joint Declaration to make irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs.

The Security Council bears the primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. It is not a venue to interfere in domestic legislation of member states. The legislation for the HKSAR to safeguard national security is purely China's internal affair, and has nothing to do with the mandate of the Security Council. The baseless request of the United States is completely motivated by politics. It seriously violates the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the basic norms of international relations, jeopardizes the mutual trust and cooperation of UN member states, and seriously disrupts the order of the UN's work. The irresponsible behavior of the US has once again exposed the true face of its power politics and acts of bullying. For a period of time, the United States has engaged in unilateralism and withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and Treaty on Open Skies, etc. It abuses force, imposes unilateral sanctions, seeks regime change and creates turmoils one after another across the world, severely undermining international law and international order. Facts have repeatedly proved that the United States is the trouble maker in the world.

The Chinese government is firm in its resolve to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, implement the policy of "One country, two systems", and oppose external interference in Hong Kong affairs. Any attempt to use Hong Kong to interfere in China's internal affairs is doomed to fail. China strongly urges the United States to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong's internal matters, immediately stop hegemonism and power politics and attend to its own business, rather than provoking tensions and creating troubles everywhere.

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