Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor speaks during a press conference before the Executive Council meeting on Sep 21, 2021. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG – Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the special administrative region’s government firmly supports the Central People's Government, strongly opposing interference in Hong Kong affairs by any external forces.
Lam, who is on a duty visit in the mainland, issued the statement after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued on Friday a fact sheet revealing how the United States has interfered in Hong Kong affairs and supported anti-China and destabilizing forces.
She said over the past two years, external forces including the US have used the legislative amendment exercise of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the implementation of the National Security Law as excuses to support individuals who are opposed to China to blatantly obstruct the HKSAR government's governance.
The international community and Hong Kong people will grasp clearly through the fact sheet the US hegemony acts that wantonly interfere in Hong Kong affairs and resent them.
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong chief executive
"They also continuously slander our nation, vilify the HKSAR government and smear the National Security Law through diplomatic and other domestic political means, which are shameful and despicable," Lam said.
Lam said she supports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' issuance of the fact sheet, which lists 102 examples of US interference in Hong Kong affairs. Such measures taken by the US include enacting Hong Kong-related acts, imposing sanctions, making unfounded charges, supporting anti-China and destabilizing forces, and colluding with some other countries to exert pressure.
"These facts are indisputable," Lam said "The international community and Hong Kong people will grasp clearly through the fact sheet the US hegemony acts that wantonly interfere in Hong Kong affairs and resent them."
The fact sheet once again shows that the National Security Law enacted by the central authorities and implemented in Hong Kong last year as well as the improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR by the central authorities this year are proper, reasonable and necessary, Lam said.
“In fact, following the enactment of the National Security Law, stability has been restored in Hong Kong society, actions have been taken against offenders according to the law and anti-China forces have significantly diminished,” she said.
Meanwhile, the improvement of the electoral system ensures the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong,” preventing people who are opposed to China from entering the political system of the HKSAR.
“The acts of the central authorities help the HKSAR guard against interference of external forces, which are instrumental to the maintenance of national security and the long-term prosperity and stability in Hong Kong," Lam said.
Following the enactment of the National Security Law and improvement of the electoral system, Hong Kong continues to be a free and open international city, where the business environment remains intact and the rights of the overseas enterprises in Hong Kong are even better protected than before, Lam said.
As Hong Kong is better positioned to integrate into the overall development of the nation, overseas enterprises in Hong Kong will be presented with more opportunities than before, she added.
"We will continue to welcome foreign enterprises, including US enterprises, to set up offices and regional headquarters in Hong Kong, and use the city as a base for accessing the massive mainland market," she said.
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