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Chinese FM Spokesperson's Remarks on Australia's Recent Erroneous Remarks and Measures Concerning Hong Kong

2020-07-14

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on July 13, Spokesperson Hua Chunying answered a question about Australia’s recent remarks and measures concerning Hong Kong.

Journalist: The Australian government says it will offer around 10,000 Hong Kong passport holders currently living in Australia a chance to apply for permanent residence once their current visas expire. Do you have any comment?

Hua Chunying: With regard to the erroneous remarks and measures announced by the Australian side concerning Hong Kong, China has already stated its solemn position on the matter. I would like to point out once again that the Australian side, with its latest move, ignores the basic fact that the Hong Kong-related national security legislation is conducive to the steady and sustained implementation of "one country, two systems". What they have done violates international law and the basic norms of international relations and grossly interferes in China's internal affairs, and China will never accept this. We can see that the Australian side keeps talking about rejecting "foreign interference", but it has repeatedly interfered in the Chinese government's handling of Hong Kong-related issues in accordance with law. On the one hand, it opposes the Hong Kong-related national security legislation; on the other hand, it requires Hong Kong residents coming to Australia to pass Australia's national security tests. The Australian side's undisguised hypocrisy and blatant double standards are really eyes-opening.

I would like to emphasize that the Chinese government is firmly determined to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests and oppose interference in Hong Kong's affairs by external forces. Any attempts to exert pressure on China will never succeed. China urges the Australian side to immediately change its course and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's other internal affairs in any form so as to avoid further harm to China-Australia relations.

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