Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, Chinese Embassy to U.S. condemn ‘Five Eyes’ countries’ statement

The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China’s State Council on Friday strongly condemned the joint statement by foreign ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the United States, and urged them to stop interfering in HK affairs immediately.

The five countries made deliberate misrepresentation on a recent decision by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on the qualification of members of the HKSAR Legislative Council (LegCo).

The spokesperson of the office said that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) belongs to China and the decision made by the Standing Committee of the NPC is constitutional, lawful and necessary.

Any foreign interference is doomed to complete failure, the spokesperson stressed.

Chinese Embassy in the United States released a statement on Saturday criticizing that the five countries’ statement has openly breached international law and basic norms governing international relations and grossly interfered in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.

Since Hong Kong’s return to China, the legal basis of the Chinese government’s administration of Hong Kong SAR has been China’s Constitution and the Basic Law, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the spokesperson of the Chinese embassy said in the statement.

“The Joint Declaration has never conferred any power on the United Kingdom or any other country to assume any responsibility over Hong Kong after its return. There is no legal basis or position for the Five Eyes Alliance to point fingers about Hong Kong affairs,” the spokesperson stressed.