Chinese envoy: Any attempt to interfere in Hong Kong affairs will fail

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Any attempt to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and undermine its prosperity and stability is bound to fail, a Chinese envoy said on Wednesday, stressing that Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs.

Chen Xu, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva, made the remarks at a side meeting during the ongoing 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Since Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997, the “one country, two systems” principle, whereby the people of Hong Kong administer Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy, has been fully implemented, Chen said. .

A Chinese national flag and a HKSAR flag are raised at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong to mark the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, July 1, 2021. /CFP

A Chinese national flag and a HKSAR flag are raised at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong to mark the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, July 1, 2021. /CFP

He reviewed the enactment and implementation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR) National Security Safeguard Act and changes to the Hong Kong SAR electoral system according to the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong”.

The Hong Kong SAR has seen a “historic turnaround” from chaos to governance and from governance to prosperity thanks to these measures, he said, adding that the legal rights of the people of Hong Kong are better exercised in a safer environment.

He said he believes the Hong Kong SAR will defeat COVID-19 with the full support of the central government and people of all China.

John Lee Ka-chiu, chief secretary for administration of the Hong Kong SAR government, who also attended the meeting, hailed the role of the national security law in restoring order to Hong Kong. Kong. He added that changes to the electoral system have improved the quality and efficiency of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council.

Permanent representatives and senior diplomats from more than a dozen countries, including Russia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Niger, Sudan South, Eritrea, Laos, Cameroon, Syria and Belarus, expressed their support for the one China principle, reiterating that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China.

They also voiced support for China’s legislative efforts to safeguard national security and expressed opposition to outside interference in Hong Kong affairs.

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