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Saturday, August 01, 2020, 18:45
Germany slammed for halting extradition treaty with HKSAR
By Wang Zhan
Saturday, August 01, 2020, 18:45 By Wang Zhan

HONG KONG - The Chinese Embassy in Germany on Friday expressed strong indignation and firm opposition to the wrong remarks of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas regarding affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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In a statement, the embassy said Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. The German side's erroneous remarks on Hong Kong and the suspension of the extradition treaty with the HKSAR are a serious breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations and gross violation of China's internal affairs.

The embassy said Germany's suspension of the extradition treaty with te HKSAR is a serious breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations and gross violation of China's internal affairs

"We firmly oppose them and reserve the right to react further," according to the statement.

The embassy said the HKSAR government's decision to postpone the Legislative Council election due to the severe COVID-19 epidemic situation is a responsible move to protect the lives and health of Hong Kong residents.

"In conformity with the mainstream public opinions, the decision is in line with the Constitution, the Hong Kong SAR Basic Law and local laws of the Hong Kong SAR. It represents the efforts of science-based epidemic control and embodies the sense of responsibility of protecting lives and health of Hong Kong residents," according to the statement.

The embassy also said the decision of the Returning Officers to invalidate certain nominations for the Legislative Council election has sufficient legal basis. 

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"The disqualified nominees have openly advocated 'Hong Kong independence' and 'self-determination', or begged for external sanctions on and interference in Hong Kong. Their notorious words and deeds have challenged the limits of the law. By standing for election, their aim has never been to serve Hong Kong SAR or to uphold 'one country, two systems'," according to the statement.

These individuals should never be given seats in the legislature of Hong Kong SAR which bears significant constitutional responsibilities and allowed to wantonly paralyze the SAR government, subvert state power, undermine "one country, two systems" and harm the prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, according to the statement.

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