"National security legislation for Hong Kong also conducive for safety of Nepalis living there"

Published On: May 30, 2020 08:09 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 30: Chinese Embassy in Nepal has said that the national security legislation for Hong Kong is conducive for not only the safety and welfare of the Nepali citizens living in Hong Kong, but also the bilateral cooperation between China and Nepal.

Responding to media queries on the Chinese People's Congress's decision to introduce national security legislation for Hong Kong, the spokesperson for the Embassy, said "it targets a very small number of people who are splitting the country, subverting state power, organizing and carrying out terrorist activities, and foreign and external forces that are interfering in the affairs of the Hong Kong SAR."

"As far as I am concerned, there are a lot of Nepali citizens living and working in Hong Kong, I believe that the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong is also conducive for not only the safety and welfare of these Nepali citizens but also the exchange and cooperation between China and Nepal," the spokesperson stated.

The spokesperson that that the new law will protect the law-abiding Hong Kong citizens, who are the overwhelming majority, guarantee the legitimate rights and interests of Hong Kong residents and foreign institutions and personnel in Hong Kong. 

"It has no impact on Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents, and will improve Hong Kong's legal system and bring more stability, stronger rule of law and a better business environment to Hong Kong.  It will be more conducive to Hong Kong's long-term stability and tranquility, which is the most representative public opinion in Hong Kong," he said.

“One country, two systems” is China’s basic state policy, the spokesperson said adding that the Central Chinese Government has all along fully and faithfully implemented this policy under which the people of Hong Kong administer Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy, acted in strict accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law, and supported the Hong Kong SAR government and the Chief Executive in exercising administration according to law. 

"The decision adopted at the NPC Session to safeguard national security is designed for the steady implementation of “one country, two systems” and for Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability.  The Central Government is responsible for upholding national security in China, as is the case in any other country.  No state will allow any activities that endanger its national security on its own territory," he said.

The spokesperson reiterated that Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. "What legislation the Hong Kong SAR introduces and how and when it enacts the legislation is entirely within the scope of China's sovereignty."



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