By Duan Xuelian from London
No country will indulge open betrayal or insults to the nation, least of all by holders of public office, said Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to Britain, in a signed article published by the Daily Telegraph on Monday.
Liu was commenting on a recent court case in Hong Kong in which two legislators-elect were disqualified as lawmakers after they advocated "Hong Kong independence" and insulted the Chinese nation during a swearing-in ceremony.
The Ambassador stressed that Hong Kong is a part of China. "Hong Kong independence" advocates just the opposite. "Hong Kong independence" or "Hong Kong self-determination" is aimed at splitting China. Recently, a handful of "Hong Kong independence" activists, in the name of "democracy" and "freedom of speech," carried out acts that violated the law and threatened to destabilize Hong Kong, turning themselves into a public nuisance in the process. Liu said these individuals must be held responsible for undermining the rule of law and social order in Hong Kong.
Last month, China's legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, issued an interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law of Hong Kong. Liu Xiaoming said the interpretation was both necessary and timely, and was made for the sole purpose of safeguarding China's "one country, two systems" solution.
Liu explained that the National People's Congress Standing Committee has always been cautious and careful in exercising its power of interpretation. Since the return of Hong Kong, the National People's Congress Standing Committee has adopted four interpretations of the Basic Law on different occasions, all of which have served to ensure the faithful implementation of the Basic Law. The latest interpretation does not and will not affect the judicial independence of Hong Kong. On the contrary, he said it will only improve and strengthen Hong Kong's rule of law.
The Ambassador also emphasized that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Its affairs are China's internal affairs and no foreign country should interfere. He said the central government of China will continue to fully and faithfully implement the policy of "one country, two systems" and "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong," ensure that Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy, uphold and act in strict accordance with the Constitution and Hong Kong's Basic Law, and support the Special Administrative Region Government in its effort to maintain prosperity and stability in Hong Kong.