|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Statement Regarding U.S. Sanctions on Leading Members of the NPC Standing Committee under the Pretext of Hong Kong-related Issues|
On December 8, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement made groundless accusations against China’s promulgation and implementation of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in accordance with law and announced that the U.S. side will impose so-called sanctions on Vice Chairpersons of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The above-mentioned move by the U.S. side severely violates basic norms governing international relations, interferes in China’s internal affairs and harms China-U.S. relations. The Chinese government and people express strong indignation to and strongly condemn the outrageous, unscrupulous, crazy and vile act of the U.S. side.
Hong Kong is part of China, and its affairs are purely China's internal affairs, and the United States is in no position to interfere. The NPC Standing Committee’s legislation on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong in accordance with the Constitution to improve governance on Hong Kong and crack down on criminals is totally within China’s sovereignty. For some time, the U.S. side has been meddling in Hong Kong affairs in every way under the pretext of upholding democracy, human rights and autonomy in Hong Kong and supporting violent activities that split the nation and disrupt social order. Now, the U.S. side is blatantly imposing the so-called sanctions on Vice Chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee. This fully exposed the vicious intent of the United States to interfere in China’s internal affairs, mess up Hong Kong and undermine China’s stability and development. The retrogressive behavior of the United States will only trigger greater indignation among the 1.4 billion Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots. We have this solemn message for the United States: The Chinese government is firmly determined to oppose U.S. interference in Hong Kong affairs, to uphold China's sovereignty, security and development interests, and to implement "one country, two systems".
China strongly urges the U.S. side to immediately withdraw this erroneous decision, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop going down the dangerous and wrong path. In response to the egregious act by the U.S. side, China will take firm and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty, security and development interests.