|Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning EU Statement on Enforcement Activities under the Hong Kong National Security Law|
Q: On August 10, EEAS spokesperson issued a statement on the arrest of Jimmy Lai and others by the Hong Kong police. What's your comment?
A: The EU side openly interferes in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs by making irresponsible remarks about the law-based exercise of duties by law enforcement agencies of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. China is firmly opposed to this.
Hong Kong is a region based on the rule of law. The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has clear provisions on respect for and protection of human rights, and protection of rights and freedoms including freedom of speech and press. The constitutions of more than 100 countries in the world stipulate that the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms must not endanger national security. The European Convention on Human Rights has similar provisions. The EU side should respect facts, reject double standards, and refrain from covering up or supporting criminal suspects.