This photo dated Feb 16, 2012 shows the Central Government Offices in Admiralty, Hong Kong. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
HONG KONG – Senior officials of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Sunday opposed and condemned the so-called US sanctions against heads of Chinese government agencies responsible for Hong Kong affairs and officials of the HKSAR.
Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR government Matthew Cheung Kin-chung wrote on his blog that the HKSAR government will not be intimidated and will fully support the central government in taking countermeasures.
Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and foreign interference will never be allowed, he said.
The SAR’s unique advantages are not a gift from western countries and the so-called sanctions will not contain Hong Kong's long-term prosperity
Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR
Cheung condemned the United States for disclosing the personal information of related officials, which not only infringed upon privacy and threatened personal safety but also violated international laws and basic norms governing international relations.
In an online article, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR government Paul Chan Mo-po said the so-called sanctions exposed the hegemonic and bullying mindset of the US. He stressed that there is no room for compromise in safeguarding national security.
After suffering from prolonged violence and separatism last year, Hong Kong was able to stabilize quickly in recent months thanks to the national security law enacted by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Chan said.
However, while claiming to respect human rights, democracy and freedom, the US imposed the so-called sanctions on the pretext of the law and doxxed related officials by publishing their personal information, including identity numbers and addresses, he said.
The finance chief dismissed concerns about the so-called sanctions and said with the solid support of the country, Hong Kong will be stronger and more competitive.
Under "one country, two systems," Hong Kong's advantages will certainly continue to remain and the city will make great progress in the process of joining the national development, he said.
The SAR’s unique advantages are not a gift from western countries and the so-called sanctions will not contain Hong Kong's long-term prosperity, according to Cheung.
As long as the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled, Hong Kong's society and economy will return normal and Hong Kong's future will still be full of opportunities, he said.
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