The Chinese embassy asked Canada not to interfere in Hong Kong affairs after Foreign Minister Jolly said the SAR’s freedoms were “restricted”.
The Chinese embassy in Canada said in a July 1 statement that “external forces should not make irresponsible remarks in the special administrative region.” Hongkong.
“Canada’s so-called deep relationship with Hong Kong cannot justify Canada’s interference in Hong Kong affairs,” the embassy said.Canada It is futile to smear the successful application of the ‘one country, two systems’ model and not interfere in Hong Kong affairs. “
The Chinese embassy also confirmed that the effort “will not shake the firm resolve of the Chinese government.” China Fully and accurately implement the ‘one country, two systems’ model and safeguard national sovereignty.”
The remarks came after Foreign Minister Melanie Joly criticized on June 30 that “free speech and the right to peacefully express opinions have been restricted in Hong Kong over the past two years” as the SAR implemented a new security law.
“Canada urges Chinese and Hong Kong authorities to fully abide by the ‘one country, two systems’ framework enshrined in the Hong Kong Basic Law, which took effect 25 years ago,” Jolly said.
Canada’s foreign minister said the high degree of autonomy enshrined in Hong Kong’s Basic Law and China’s commitment “are essential to Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity, as they promised in 1997”.
Ms Jolly also confirmed that Canada has a “direct relationship” with the SAR. About 300,000 Canadians live in Hong Kong and more than 100 Canadian companies have offices in Hong Kong.
On July 1, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Britain’s return to Hong Kong, the Chinese President Xi Jinping It affirmed the “one country, two systems” model supported by the 1.4 billion Chinese people, which has been recognized by the people of Hong Kong and Macao. “no reason Such a good pattern change requires long-term support. “Xi Jinping said.
The Chinese president said the basic principle of the model is to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, and ensure the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong. “Everything the central government does is for the country, for Hong Kong and Macau, and for the people,” Xi said.
Nguyen Jin (follow South China Morning Post)