We deeply regret the relevant statement issued on November 12 by the Australian Foreign Minister on Hong Kong-related issues.
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution, the Hong Kong Basic Law and the Hong Kong National Security Law, makes a decision on the qualifications of the legislative council members of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
This is an inevitable requirement for upholding and improving the “One Country, Two Systems” system and implementing the Hong Kong Basic Law and Hong Kong National Security Law.
It is also a necessary move to maintain the rule of law in Hong Kong and the constitutional order of the SAR. Offenders must bear legal responsibility, which is the basic criterion of any society under the rule of law.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The question of membership of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Legislative Council is purely an internal affair of China, and other countries have no right to make irresponsible remarks and intervene. We urge Australia to abide by international law and international relations norms and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any way.