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Saturday, June 15, 2019, 19:29
Central govt backs SAR decision on extradition bill
By Willa Wu
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 19:29 By Willa Wu

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor walks to the podium to brief the press on government's decision to suspend amendments to the city's extradition laws, at the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong, June 15, 2019. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG – The central government supports, respects and understands Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government’s decision to suspend legislation on proposed amendments to city’s extradition laws

A spokesperson from the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council made the remarks shortly after HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced the decision in Hong Kong.  

The central government supports the SAR government’s decision to listen to different views from the society, and bring the city back to peaceful and calm discussions on the matter, the spokesperson said.

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Noting that the amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition laws are necessary and justified, the spokesperson said the central government supports the amendments and pays close attention to Hong Kong society’s responses to the proposed amendments. 

The central government fully affirms Lam and the SAR government’s work. In the future, the central government will continue to support Lam and the SAR government in governing the city in accordance with law and maintaining its long-term prosperity and stability, the spokesperson stressed.

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The spokesperson also noted that the central government strongly condemned violence during the expression of views on the bill. The central government gives its unwavering support for Hong Kong police in enforcing relevant laws. 

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang also responded to the suspension decision. 

He emphasized that Hong Kong is part of China and its affairs are purely China's internal affairs that brook no interference from any country, organization or individual. 

China's determination to safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests and uphold Hong Kong's prosperity and stability is rock solid, he added.

The Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR also expressed similar support, saying that it believes Hong Kong people would be able to fully and accurately understand the amendments when rational discussions are conducted.

The office held that the amendments to the city’s extradition law are justified and necessary as they could help to plug the current existing legal loopholes, said a spokesperson.

The office commended Lam, saying she has always risen to challenges, and reassured that the office will stand side-by-side with Hong Kong people in maintaining the city's long-term prosperity and stability.

willa@chinadailyhk.com

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