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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Kong Quan's Statement on the So-called Resolution on "Supporting Freedom in Hong Kong" Adopted by the US House of Representatives
2004-09-15

On September 13, 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted the so-called resolution on "supporting freedom in Hong Kong", which defies facts and willfully distorts the Basic Law of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). It intends to put Hong Kong residents off against the Central Government as well as the Government of the HKSAR, and grossly interferes in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs. We are strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the wrong act of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Since Hong Kong returned to China seven years ago, the Central Government of China has been strictly abiding by the Basic Law and fully supporting the Government of the HKSAR in performing their duties by law. The HKSAR is continuing to maintain stability and prosperity. Such guidelines as "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and a "high degree of autonomy" have all been fully and successfully implemented. This fact is not only widely recognized by the Hong Kong people, but also fully acknowledged by the international community. Since the return of Hong Kong, the local political structure is developing steadily in line with the stipulations of the Basic Law and local people are enjoying increasing democracy and basic human rights. The just concluded election of the third Legislative Council of HKSAR is another piece of strong evidence.

Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong. Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. No foreign country has the right to interfere with HKSAR's efforts to promote the development of Hong Kong's political structure in an orderly and gradual manner in accordance with the Basic Law. We strongly demand the U.S. Government to adopt measures to remove the negative impact of the above-mentioned resolution and match with concrete deeds its commitments to supporting the "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong and the Basic Law and not interfering in China's internal affairs.

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