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Q: On June 4, the Canadian leader condemned China for pushing forward Hong Kong's national security legislation when answering questions from reporters. The Canadian Foreign Minister recently discussed the Hong Kong-related issue with his counterparts from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Meanwhile, the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand co-signed a letter to UN Secretary-General to express their concerns about the national security legislation for Hong Kong. What is your comment?

A: We deplore and reject the Canadian leader and other political figures' unwarranted accusations and blatant interference in Hong Kong-related affairs and China's internal affairs, which constitutes a serious violation of basic norms governing international relations. We have lodged stern representations with the Canadian side.

Hong Kong is part of China. The NPC's decision to establish and improve the legal system and enforcement mechanism for upholding national security in the Hong Kong SAR is entirely China's internal affair that allows no foreign interference. It is the Canadian side that should be condemned for its interference in China's internal affairs.

Since the return of Hong Kong, the principles of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy have been implemented in good faith and the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents have been fully guaranteed in accordance with law. The NPC's decision and the following legislation by the Standing Committee of the NPC is targeted at a narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security. Its fundamental purpose is to uphold China's sovereignty, security and development interests, safeguard the order and the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, and ensure the long-term smooth implementation of "one country, two systems", which serves not only the fundamental interests of Hong Kong, but also the common interests of the international community.

We urge the Canadian side to abide by basic norms governing international relations, view China's decision and legislation in an objective and fair manner, and stop intervening in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any form.

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