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

On July 3rd, the leader and Foreign Minister of 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, and announced that Canada will not permit the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong and is also suspending the Canada-Hong Kong extradition treaty. The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this.

Hong Kong is China’s special administrative region. Hong Kong affairs are entirely China's internal affairs and allow no foreign interference. The National Security Law aims to safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests, maintain lasting peace, stability and prosperity in Hong Kong, and ensure steady and sustained implementation of "one country, two systems". This legislation only targets a very narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security. It has won wide support from the Hong Kong people as well as understanding and support from the overwhelming majority of the international community. Any erroneous measures introduced by a handful of western countries including Canada will never affect the implementation of the National Security Law. Their attempt to exert pressure on China under the pretext of Hong Kong-related issues is completely against the trend of time, and doomed to fail like kicking against the pricks.

We urge the Canadian side to earnestly abide by international law and basic norms governing international relations, immediately correct its mistakes, stop meddling in China's internal affairs in any way, so as not to further damage China-Canada relations.

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