China says it will not tolerate external forces to interfere in Hong Kong affairs
Updated 22:21, 02-Aug-2019
The Chinese government will never allow any external forces to interfere in Hong Kong affairs or disturb Hong Kong, the Chinese foreign ministry reiterated on Friday.
Spokesperson Hua Chunying made her remarks at a press briefing when asked to comment on U.S. President Donald Trump's recent remarks on Hong Kong.
Saying Hong Kong is part of China, Trump on Thursday told reporters that China would deal with the riots in Hong Kong by itself, and the U.S. does not need to make suggestions.
Hua noted President Trump was right for at least two points. First, what is happening in Hong Kong are riots. Second, Hong Kong is part of China.
The Chinese government's position on Hong Kong related issues is clear: Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs, the spokeswoman said.
She added that China strictly demands that the U.S. and other Western countries abide by the basic norms of international law and international relations, abide by their commitments not to interfere in Hong Kong affairs, stop supporting violent activities and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any form.
Hong Kong. /VCG Photo
Hong Kong. /VCG Photo
Asked to comment rumors that foreign powers including the U.S. had arranged high-level meetings with the leaders of the protests in Hong Kong, Hua gave examples of U.S. interference in recent days.
According to public reports, at the end of February and the beginning of March, the then U.S. Consul-General in Hong Kong blatantly criticized the Hong Kong SAR government's bill amendment and the "One Country, Two Systems" principle and interfered in Hong Kong affairs.
In March, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Hong Kong opposition lobbyists. In May, Pompeo met with Hong Kong opposition and made irresponsible remarks on the amendment matter. In June, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi even called the demonstrations in Hong Kong "a beautiful sight to behold."
In July, Pence, Pompeo, and Bolton met with opposition members. In scenes revealed by the media, some American faces were seen among the violent demonstrators in Hong Kong. The U.S. national flag was also seen on some occasions.
"We all have this question: what role has the U.S. played in Hong Kong? The U.S. owes the world an explanation," the spokeswoman said, adding that "if the U.S. can prove its innocence with its own actions and keep its commitment of not interfering in Hong Kong affairs now and in the future, we will certainly welcome that.