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Saturday, August 19, 2017, 18:14
MFA office condemns interference in HK affairs
By Willa Wu in Hong Kong
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 18:14 By Willa Wu in Hong Kong

Helicopters with the Chinese national flag (right) and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region flag fly over Hong Kong, July 1, 2017. A flag-raising ceremony was held at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong Saturday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland. (WANG SHEN / XINHUA)

China would never let any foreign governments, organizations or individuals interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs as the special administrative region is part of the country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFA) office in the SAR stressed on Friday. 

A representative the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong SAR was responding to two United States politicians’ statements about a Hong Kong court’s decision to jail three radical activists for their part in a violent protest.

Such conduct showed some foreign forces had joined local anti-China groups to overtly intervene in Hong Kong’s judicial independence and deliberately sabotage Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, the spokesman said. 

Taking afirm stance, the spokesman said such groups had meddled in Hong Kong’s judiciary and wrecked the city’s rule of law. But they sugarcoated their actions as “guarding Hong Kong’s rule of law and independent judiciary”.

These groups of people intended to confront the central government and create chaos in Hong Kong, the spokesman stressed. 

The Court of Appeal in Hong Kong on Thursday sentenced three leading student activists – Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang– to between six and eight months in jail for their roles in the illegal “Occupy Central” movement in 2014.

A US congressman claimed jailing three radical activists was “political persecution” that “did great harm to Hong Kong’s rule of law”. Lee Cheuk-yan, general secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, posted the remarks on a social network on Sunday.

Another US senator urged the Senate to pass laws related to Hong Kong’s human rights and democracy. 

The spokesman said the ministry hoped the US authorities would adhere to fundamental principles applied in international relations. He hoped they would restrain politicians from making anti-China remarks and disturbing Hong Kong’s governance. 

“We also hope Hong Kong society would stay alert to and resist groups and individuals who rely on and collude with foreign forces to confront China and harm Hong Kong,” the spokesman added. 

Separately, the Hong Kong Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong made a joint statement on Friday, saying: “The decisions by the Hong Kong courts are made solely according to law upon applications by one party or the other.”

The two organizations, professional bodies for the city’s barristers and solicitors, noted that unfounded comments, which argued that judicial decisions were made or influenced by political considerations originating outside Hong Kong, “are unjustified and damaging to our legal system, and to Hong Kong as a whole”.

willa@chinadailyhk.com

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