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China calls for objective, fair position on Hong Kong situation

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

08-22-2019 08:51 BJT

BEIJING, Aug. 21 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday called on relevant parties to uphold an objective and fair position on the situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Wang made the remarks in response to queries of Kang Kyung-wha, foreign minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and of Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono about the situation in Hong Kong during the meeting of the three countries' foreign ministers.

Wang introduced the evolution of the current situation in Hong Kong and pointed out the essence of foreign interventions.

"A small number of violent radicals have broken through the legal bottom line by storming the Legislative Council and injuring the police, trampled on the bottom line of morality by blocking and beating innocent people and restricting the personal freedom of mainland reporters and passengers," said Wang.

They challenged the bottom line of the "one country, two systems" principle by swaggering through the street with foreign national flags and defacing the Chinese national flag and emblem, he said.

"No responsible government or rule-of-law society will tolerate these acts," Wang said, who emphasized that Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and brook no interference by external forces.

The central government of China firmly supports the HKSAR government in administering Hong Kong according to law, the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing the law and the HKSAR judiciary in punishing violent criminals according to the law, he said.

"We understands some countries' concerns over the safety of their companies and citizens in Hong Kong due to the extreme violent behaviors of some radicals," said Wang. "We are confident that the HKSAR government will act to protect their legitimate rights and interests in accordance with the law."

Relevant parties should understand and support the HKSAR government in stopping violence and ending chaos according to law and uphold an objective and fair position on the issue, said Wang. 

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