|Wang Yi on Two Basic Facts of the Hong Kong Issue|
On October 21, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered a question about the Hong Kong issue in an exclusive interview with Agence France-Presse in Paris.
Wang Yi said, issues related to Hong Kong are China's internal affairs, and according to the Charter of the United Nations (UN), no country has the right to determine the internal affairs of any other nation. On the Hong Kong issue, I can share two basic facts. One basic fact is that what is going on in Hong Kong nowadays is in no way peaceful protests, but pure and simple street violence. Some rioters, wearing similar clothes and face masks and holding iron rods and Molotov cocktails, have unscrupulously committed crimes. They smashed shops, damaged public facilities, beat up innocent citizens, paralyzed subways and airport and even openly attacked police, directly threatening their lives. These are crimes and cannot be tolerated in any country or any society. Hong Kong has always been advocating the rule of law, any action should be conducted within the framework of the law, and any discontent should not be an excuse for violence. Therefore, the most significant thing for Hong Kong now is to stop violence, curb disorder, restore order and administer the city by law.
Another basic fact is that some foreign forces, including some media outlets, turning a blind eye to what is really happening and even calling white black, have called the street violence a pro-democracy move and branded the police deployment in accordance with law as violence. There may be various reasons for such distortions. However, the following two reasons are very clear. The first reason is that these people have been blinded by prejudice and even had dark motivations so that they have discarded basic facts and gone out of their way to spread rumors and slander. The second reason is that these forces have encouraged and indulged the street crimes to upset Hong Kong, and ruin its prosperity built by generations of hard work and its great historic progress achieved since the implementation of the "one country, two systems". However, I want to tell you that these attempts will never and can never succeed.
Wang Yi noted, it is believed that people in Hong Kong will certainly recognize these evil intentions of the foreign forces; the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government will certainly restore the rule of law in Hong Kong; and China's central government will certainly stick to the "one country, two systems" according to the constitution and the Basic Law. It is hoped that people with conscience around the globe will view the situation in Hong Kong objectively and impartially.
Wang Yi said, the violence in Hong Kong is being imitated in other countries, for example in Catalonia of Spain's, London of the United Kingdom, and the streets of Chile. Some demonstrators have announced that they would turn their cities into another Hong Kong and imitate the street violence there. Some even called the violence in Hong Kong "a beautiful landscape," and such remarks made by those people have lost the minimum conscience.