HONG KONG - The Commissioner's Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) expressed strong indignation at and condemned a recent online speech by Chris Patten at the Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong, saying it had undermined the governance of the current HKSAR dispensation.
A spokesperson for the office said in a press statement that Patten had distorted the principle of "one country, two systems" and the Basic Law, attacked the central government's Hong Kong policy, and tarnished China's international image
A spokesperson for the office said in a press statement that Patten had also distorted the principle of "one country, two systems" and the Basic Law, attacked the central government's Hong Kong policy, and tarnished China's international image.
In the statement, the spokesperson described Patten as "the pathetic 'last governor of Hong Kong'," and said it was both ridiculous and despicable that Patten should still cling to "colonialist mentality" and meddle in Hong Kong affairs 23 years after the city's return to its motherland.
Since social unrest followed a now-shelved amendment bill last year, "Patten and his ilk" had twisted the truth, slung mud at the HKSAR government's law-based governance, and attacked the Hong Kong police's restrained law enforcement efforts, "in a bid to sow social division and trample law and order," the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said Patten's tendency to meddle in HK affairs at a time when the city was making all efforts to contain COVID-19 had pit him "against all Chinese people, including our Hong Kong compatriots".
"Turning a blind eye to the well-being of the Hong Kong citizens, he instigated the youth to continue acting as willing pawns of the rioters for the latter's political gains, and incited confrontation against the Hong Kong police who are committed to protecting people's life and property safety. He tried to turn the HKSAR against the Central Government, endorsed the anti-China troublemakers in the city, and even fired groundless accusations at the Chinese government's achievements in COVID-19 response," reads the statement.
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