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Stellungnahme der chinesischen Botschaft in Deutschland zur Pressemitteilung von Außenminister Heiko Maas am 31. Juli 2020

The Chinese Embassy in Germany expresses its strong indignation and firm opposition to the wrong remarks of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas regarding Hong Kong affairs on July 31th.

The Hong Kong SAR government's decision to postpone the Legislative Council election due to the severe COVID-19 epidemic situation is a responsible move to protect the lives and health of Hong Kong residents. In conformity with the mainstream public opinions, the decision is in line with the Constitution, the Hong Kong SAR Basic Law and local laws of the Hong Kong SAR. It represents the efforts of science-based epidemic control and embodies the sense of responsibility of protecting lives and health of Hong Kong residents.

The decision of the Returning Officers to invalidate certain nominations for the Legislative Council election has sufficient legal basis. This decision is strictly in line with the Basic Law, the National Security Law for Hong Kong SAR and the electoral laws of the SAR. Under the framework of "One Country, Two Systems", candidates for the legislature of Hong Kong SAR must support the Basic Law wholeheartedly and pledge allegiance to Hong Kong SAR of the People's Republic of China. The disqualified nominees have openly advocated "Hong Kong independence" and "self-determination", or begged for external sanctions on and interference in Hong Kong. Their notorious words and deeds have challenged the limits of the law. By standing for election, their aim has never been to serve Hong Kong SAR or to uphold "One Country, Two Systems". These individuals should never be given seats in the legislature of Hong Kong SAR which bears significant constitutional responsibilities, and allowed to wantonly paralyze the SAR Government, subvert state power, undermine "One Country, Two Systems" and harm the prosperity and stability in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. The German side's erroneous remarks on Hong Kong and the suspension of the extradition treaty with Hong Kong are a serious breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations and gross violation of China's internal affairs. We firmly oppose them and reserve the right to react further.

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