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Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada on Canada's comments related to Hong Kong

Canada made unwarranted comments on the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People's Republic of China, which grossly interfered in China's internal affairs. We firmly oppose this.

The NPC Standing Committee formulated National Security Law for Hong Kong and listed it in Annex III to the HKSAR Basic Law to be gazetted and enacted in Hong Kong by the SAR government. It is a landmark in the practice of "one country, two systems" and a strong institutional guarantee for upholding national sovereignty, security and development interests, safeguarding lasting security, prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, and ensuring the steady implementation of "one country, two systems". The implementation of the said law will strengthen Hong Kong's legal framework, ensure social order, improve business environment, and benefit Hong Kong citizens and international investors.

The central government has extensively solicited opinions from all walks of life in Hong Kong to ensure the legislation is scientific, democratic and legal. The National Security Law attaches great importance to respecting and protecting human rights which is an important principle of the rule of law, and protects the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents according to law. The above legislation has received wide support from all walks of life in Hong Kong, and most countries in the international community also fully understand and respect China's legitimate efforts to safeguard national security.

Some western countries including Canada have been meddling in Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of human rights, which seriously violates international law and basic norms of international relations, and fully exposes their double standards on the issues of national security and real intention to flagrantly interfere in other countries’ internal affairs. They are unable to represent the international community at all and their attempts are doomed to fail.

Hong Kong affairs are entirely China's internal affairs and allow no foreign interference. The Chinese government is firm in its determination to safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests, to implement the principle of "one country, two systems" and to oppose any external interference in Hong Kong affairs. We urge the Canadian side to view the National Security Law in a fair, objective manner, immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s domestic affairs in any way.

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