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Yang Jiechi: The Chinese Side Firmly Opposes and Strongly Condemns the Passing of the So-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 by the United States (US) Congress

On November 26, 2019, Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, gave an interview to Xinhua News Agency on the recent passing of the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 by the United States (US) Congress.

Yang Jiechi said, the US Congress passed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in disregard of repeated and stern representations and firm opposition from the Chinese side, brutally interfering in China's internal affairs and seriously violating international law and basic norms governing international relations. The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly condemns such gesture, and has stated its solemn position to the US side over the matter.

Yang Jiechi stressed, Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. No foreign country has the right to interfere. The Chinese government is determined to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests, implement the "one country, two systems" policy, and oppose any foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs. The act of the US Congress has seriously harmed China's interests and undermined Hong Kong's prosperity and stability. Hong Kong's most pressing task at hand is to bring the violence and chaos to an end and restore order. The Chinese side urges the US side to grasp the situation, take immediate actions to prevent the act from becoming law, and stop interfering in China's internal affairs, including Hong Kong affairs. Any US plot to use Hong Kong to interfere in China's internal affairs or impede China's development will be doomed to fail. Hong Kong is certain to maintain long-term prosperity and stability under the strong support of the motherland.

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