Chinese embassy in Canada denounces statement made by Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs with regards to HK

Mélanie Joly

2nd July 2022 – (Ottawa) The spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in Canada responded on Friday to denounce Canada’s gross interference in China’s internal affairs. The spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada criticised that Joly’s statement concerning Hong Kong which slandered the “Hong Kong National Security Law” and violated freedom of speech. She allegedly made irresponsible remarks about the principle of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong. The spokesperson pointed out that the Canadian side’s smearing of the successful practice of “one country, two systems” is futile, and its intervention in Hong Kong affairs will not succeed. It will not affect China’s firm determination to fully and accurately implement “one country, two systems”. China will continue to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests. The spokesperson emphasised that after Hong Kong’s return, Hong Kong talents truly enjoy a wide range of rights and freedoms, and the so-called deep connection between Canada and Hong Kong cannot be a reason for Canada to interfere in Hong Kong affairs. China urges Canada to respect the rule of law, respect China’s sovereignty and unity, and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any form.

Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement yesterday on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region:

“The historical and people-to-people ties that bind Canada and Hong Kong are deep and diverse.

“From across the Pacific, Canada witnessed the historic return of Hong Kong on 1st July, 1997, to Chinese sovereignty and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Canada has closely followed the events that have shaped the Special Administrative Region over the last 25 years and have led to this milestone.

“Hong Kong was the first place Canadians fought a land battle in the Second World War. Today, over half a million Hong Kong residents call Canada home and an estimated 300,000 Canadians reside in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is also one of Canada’s most important bilateral trade and investment partners, a fact confirmed by the presence of over 100 notable Canadian companies in the territory. These direct ties and the universal values we share enrich our societies and unite us.

“As we mark this important date, Canada urges the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong authorities to adhere fully to the One Country, Two Systems framework set out in Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which also took effect 25 years ago. Regrettably, since the imposition of the National Security Law (NSL) on Hong Kong on 30 June 2020, and over the past two years, we have seen freedom of speech and the peaceful expression of alternative views suppressed. Implementation of the NSL has eliminated meaningful political opposition. NGOs, trade unions and human rights organisations have disbanded or departed. Media freedoms continue to be eroded, following the closure of Apple Daily, Stand News and other independent media outlets.

“We call on Hong Kong and Chinese central authorities to act in accordance with international obligations they willingly undertook 25 years ago. The high degree of autonomy provided under the Basic Law and China’s commitment to respect the rule of law and to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms is as essential today for the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong as they were when committed to in 1997. They will continue to be so tomorrow and for the next 25 years and beyond.”