The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Thursday responded to parts of a recently released report on China by the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission.
"The HKSAR government expressed strong opposition to the enactment of the 'Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act' in the U.S.," the HKSAR government said in a statement, adding that the act clearly intervenes in Hong Kong's internal affairs.
"It is unwarranted, sends an erroneous signal to violent protesters, and harms the relations and common interests between Hong Kong and the United States. The HKSAR government deeply regretted that the U.S. has disregarded the genuine concerns raised repeatedly by Hong Kong on the act and let the act become U.S. law," it said.
At the same time, the HKSAR government reiterated that it will continue to implement the "One Country, Two Systems" principle resolutely in accordance with the Basic Law.
On the same day, a spokesperson for the Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR also expressed "strong disapproval" and firm opposition to the U.S. report.
The spokesperson pointed out that the U.S. report is "absurd, full of ignorance and threatening," stressing that Hong Kong has always enjoyed a high degree of autonomy since it returned to the motherland.
According to the statement, the "One Country, Two Systems" principle and "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy" has been fully implemented. "Residents enjoy extensive rights and freedoms," it added.
In the statement, the spokesperson said the U.S. tried to absolve itself from being a "black hand" in its interference in Hong Kong affairs, but the Hong Kong-related fallacy in the report is evidence of U.S. meddling in Hong Kong affairs.
Hong Kong is an SAR of China; Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and no foreign country is entitled to meddle in them, the spokesperson said.