China voices strong opposition over UK sanctions on Hong Kong
China has voiced strong opposition to the UK over its sanctions on Hong Kong, with a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Britain saying Tuesday: "Now the UK side has gone even further down the wrong road in disregard of China's solemn position and repeated representations."
The response came after UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the country will suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong immediately and indefinitely, and extend its arms embargo to the city.
A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London said that recently the kingdom has repeatedly made wrong remarks on the national security law for the HKSAR to interfere in China's internal affairs.
"The Chinese side has lodged solemn representations to the UK side on many occasions to express our grave concern and strong opposition," the spokesperson said.
"Now the UK side has gone even further down the wrong road in disregard of China's solemn position and repeated representations. It once again contravened international law and the basic norms governing international relations and blatantly interfered in China's internal affairs in an attempt to disrupt the implementation of the National Security Law for the HKSAR and undermine the city's prosperity and stability," the spokesperson said.
According to the spokesperson, the Chinese government remains unwavering in its resolve to implement the law to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, and to oppose external interference.
China will firmly fight back at any move that interferes in its internal affairs, it underlined, urging the UK side to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs or otherwise bear the consequences if it insists on going down the wrong road.
Noting the national security law for the HKSAR is an anchor for the steady and sustained implementation of "One Country, Two Systems" and for long-term security, prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, we are full of confidence in the bright future of the HKSAR, the spokesperson continued.
"Any attempt to pressurize China and obstruct the implementation of this Law will meet the strong opposition of 1.4 billion Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, and such attempt is doomed to fail."
(With input from Xinhua)
(Cover: Taxis fly Chinese flags set out from Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong, and drive on the street. /Xinhua)