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Sanctions shine spotlight on chaos causer in Hong Kong

China Daily | Updated: 2024-06-03 07:51

A view of the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. [Photo/IC]

The US government on Friday expressed its deep concerns about the convictions of 14 lawbreakers in Hong Kong under the National Security Law of Hong Kong, saying it's taking steps to impose new visa restrictions on officials from both the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong who are responsible for the implementation of the legislation.

The United States' proposal to impose so-called visa restrictions is a despicable political move that blatantly interferes in China's internal affairs. It violates both international law and the basic norms of international relations.

In its ruling, the HK court clearly stated that the acts of the individuals were aimed at undermining, destroying or overthrowing the current political system and structure of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region established by the Basic Law and the "one country, two systems" policy. Such criminal acts that endanger national security have nothing to do with a so-called struggle for democracy and human rights.

The law enforcement agencies of the Hong Kong SAR always take law enforcement actions in accordance with the law, regardless of the political stance, background or occupation of those suspected of committing a crime. That the US side advocates that some people should not be punished for their illegal acts, simply because of their "political stance", is equivalent to giving them the privilege of breaking the law with impunity, which is contrary to the spirit of the rule of law.

The Hong Kong court's conviction of the 14 individuals is based on an impartial weighing up of the evidence presented in court and the arguments provided by both sides. Its decision upholds the rule of law in the SAR.

The National Security Law of Hong Kong was introduced to safeguard national sovereignty and the nation's security interests, and to ensure Hong Kong's long-term peace, stability and prosperity.

After the implementation of the National Security Law of Hong Kong, the SAR's legislature is once again functional, social order has been restored, the rule of law has been enhanced, and the business environment has been ameliorated.

The unwarranted criticism and politically motivated sanctions of the US will only serve to allow the Hong Kong people to discern their true purpose.

The US government should abide by the principles of international law and the basic norms of international relations, earnestly respect the spirit of the rule of law, and cease maliciously interfering in Hong Kong affairs.


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