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

Q: On July 1st, the New Zealand Foreign Minister released a statement expressing concerns on the adoption of the law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) by the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. What is your comment?

A: Since the handover 23 years ago, Hong Kong has been a special administrative region of China. The legislation for safeguarding national security in the HKSAR is purely China's internal affair. We firmly oppose any foreign interference in China's internal affairs and Hong Kong affairs.

The national security legislation falls within the responsibility of the Central Government of China. The legislation, adopted by the NPC Standing Committee is a fundamental solution for Hong Kong to restore order, end chaos and resume stability. This legislation has taken into full consideration the needs of safeguarding national security and the specific conditions of the HKSAR, drawn opinion extensively from the Hong Kong society, and set out systemic and comprehensive provisions regarding a legal system and enforcement mechanisms at both national and regional levels. It upholds the constitutional order in the HKSAR established by the Constitution and the Basic Law, and demonstrates the inherent requirements of "one country, two systems". It does not impact the judicial independence and a high degree of autonomy in HKSAR.

The law on safeguarding national security in HKSAR applies to four categories of criminal behaviors that gravely undermine national security. It will only target very few criminals but protect the vast majority of Hong Kong people. Its implementation will strengthen Hong Kong's legal framework, better protect the basic rights and freedom of the people in Hong Kong, ensure social order, improve business environment, and benefit Hong Kong citizens and international investors including those from New Zealand.

The Chinese Government is firm in its determination to fully and faithfully implement the policies of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy. Meanwhile, we firmly oppose any external interference in Hong Kong affairs. We urge the New Zealand side to respect China's sovereignty, abide by international laws and basic norms of international relations, stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs, and do more to promote the sound and steady development of the China-New Zealand relations.

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