China on Monday said foreign countries should not intervene in Hong Kong affairs as foreign media voiced concerns following Chinese top legislature’s interpretation of the Basic Law of Hong Kong.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang made this assertion at a regular news briefing in Beijing.
The move came in the wake of a handful of legislators-elect publicly advocating “Hong Kong independence” and insulting the Chinese nation at the swearing-in ceremony for the sixth Legislative Council of Hong Kong in October.
“We hope the international community can recognise the true colours of the pro-independence forces, fully understand the necessity and legitimacy of the interpretation by the top legislature.
“Hong Kong is a special administrative region under the Chinese central government, and its affairs fall within China’s domestic domain and should be free from foreign intervention,’’ Lu said.
Lu said the pro-independence forces’ attempt to separate Hong Kong from China is against the law and the people’s will.
He added that it would damage China’s sovereignty and security and the interests of Hong Kong and foreign countries.
Lu called on the international community to support the Chinese central government and Hong Kong government to safeguard national sovereignty, security and unity, and preserve the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong. (Xinhua/NAN)