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Chinese FM Spokesperson: HKSAR Government's Decision to Postpone the Election Legitimate, Reasonable and Lawful

2020-08-04

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on August 3, Spokesperson Wang Wenbin answered a question about the Hong Kong SAR government's decision to postpone the 7th legislative election.

Journalist: Hong Kong's 7th legislative council election initially scheduled to take place on September 6 will be postponed by a year, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced amid a new surge in coronavirus cases. A handful of countries have expressed concerns. What is your comment?

Wang Wenbin: The Hong Kong SAR Government's decision to postpone the election in the face of the raging pandemic is a justified and necessary step to ensure people's safety and health and a safe, fair and just election. The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council and the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR have all expressed support in their respective statements. Many countries and regions have put off elections due to epidemics and other disasters and the Hong Kong SAR government followed this common practice in making this legitimate, reasonable and lawful decision. I want to stress that Hong Kong is China's special administrative region and the HKSAR's legislative council election is China's local election, thus purely Hong Kong's internal affairs. No foreign government, organization or individual has any right or reason to interfere.

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