Tue, 13 Apr 2021

BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday urged the United States and Australia to cease interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any form.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a daily press briefing after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently called for the immediate release of the pan-democratic candidates in Hong Kong.

"It is a justifiable law-enforcement action of the Hong Kong police to arrest and prosecute in accordance with the law criminal suspects allegedly involved in crimes of subverting state power in violation of the legislation on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong," Wang said in response.

"Would the United States allow other countries to make irresponsible remarks over normal law enforcement activities in its own country?" he asked.

China is a country with the rule of law and Hong Kong is a place of law and order where nobody is above the law, said Wang.

"We firmly support the Hong Kong police in performing their duties according to the law and safeguarding national security as well as security and stability in Hong Kong," the spokesperson added.

He urged the U.S. side to respect facts and the rule of law, and stop meddling in China's internal affairs and Hong Kong affairs in any form.

In response to a query about Australia reportedly issuing the visa to Hong Kong residents seeking asylum over human rights concerns, Wang said China's stance concerning Hong Kong-related issues is "consistent and clear."

"Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong, and Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs, which brook no interference from any foreign country," Wang said.

"We urge Australia to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any form, to avoid further damage to China-Australia ties," he added.

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