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Response to Media Query by Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in New Zealand on Hong Kong Issue

Q: On July 9th, the New Zealand Foreign Minister announced that the New Zealand government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong, including extradition arrangements and controls on exports of strategic goods. The New Zealand authorities also updated its Hong Kong Travel Advisory, indicating increased risk of arrest and prosecution on national security grounds for a wide range of activity. What is your comment?

A: Hong Kong is China’s special administrative region. Hong Kong affairs are entirely China's internal affairs and allow no foreign interference. The National Security Law aims to safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests, maintain lasting peace, stability and prosperity in Hong Kong, and ensure steady and sustained implementation of "one country, two systems". This legislation only targets a very narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security. It has won wide support from the Hong Kong people as well as understanding and support from the overwhelming majority of the international community. Its implementation will strengthen Hong Kong's legal framework, ensure social order, improve business environment. The legitimate rights and interests of foreign institutions and citizens including those from New Zealand will be effectively safeguarded.

Any erroneous measures introduced by a handful of western countries will never affect the implementation of the National Security Law. Their pressure exerted on China under the pretext of Hong Kong constitutes gross interference in China’s internal affairs. It will only harm their own interests. The Chinese side urges the New Zealand side to abide by the international law and the basic norms governing international relations, stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs, and refrain from going any further down the wrong path.

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