HONG KONG, March 16 (Xinhua) -- The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Thursday strongly disapproved of and firmly rejected the so-called "resolution" related to Hong Kong by the U.S. Senate.
A spokesman for the HKSAR government said that the "resolution" contains unfounded remarks and smears against the national security law in Hong Kong and the situation in the HKSAR covering rights and freedoms, the rule of law.
The spokesman said that since the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong in June 2020, U.S. politicians have repeatedly slander the law and attack the HKSAR in its dutiful, faithful and lawful implementation of the law. They neglect the fact that the implementation of the law has enabled the livelihood and economic activities of the Hong Kong community at large to resume as normal and the business environment to be restored.
Hong Kong suffered from the widespread black-clad violence in 2019. The U.S. politicians did not say a word about those acts, which disregarded the law, breached peace and challenged the HKSAR's authority, with severe damage caused to Hong Kong's society, economy and business environment, the spokesman said, adding that through the so-called "resolution", the U.S. politicians once again performed a despicable manoeuvre with politics prevailing over the law, exposing their hypocrisy with double standards. Their vile conspiracy of "using Hong Kong to contain China" is doomed to fail.
The spokesman said the U.S. politicians suggested in the so-called "resolution" that people, institutions and organizations with certain backgrounds should be immune from legal sanctions for their illegal acts and activities. This is tantamount to granting privileges to them to break the law, and is totally contrary to the spirit of the rule of law.
The spokesman stressed that under the "one country, two systems" principle, Hong Kong has the distinctive advantage of enjoying strong support of the motherland and being closely connected to the world. With the motherland's strong support, and the wide room for development brought about by national strategies including the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development and the high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative, Hong Kong embraces boundless business opportunities.
The spokesman reiterated that the HKSAR government steadfastly safeguards national sovereignty, security and development interests, and upholds the authority of the national security law in Hong Kong. It resolutely carries out its duties and obligations to safeguard national security in accordance with the law, and upholds the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong people as protected under the law, so as to ensure the steadfast and successful implementation of "one country, two systems".
Any person's attempt to undermine the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong by slandering the situation in the territory will only expose his own weakness and faulty arguments and be doomed to fail, the spokesman said, adding that the HKSAR government strongly urged the U.S. politicians to immediately stop acting against the international law and basic norms governing international relations, and interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs at large.