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Chinese Embassy Refutes the Financial Times' Editorial on Hong Kong

The following is a letter from Mr. Miao Deyu, Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, responding to the Financial Times' editorial on Hong Kong on 17 July 2014.

Your editorial ("Britain must speak out on Hong Kong", 17 July)'s misinterpretation of the Chinese government's Hong Kong policy advocating British intervention is a source of grave concern.

It is hard to follow the logic that pro-democracy activists are furious because "the Chinese" now insist that they will decide who runs for election. Isn't Hong Kong part of China and who else other than the Chinese should decide where Hong Kong's political reform goes? According to the Basic Law and decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, by 2017, a chief executive will be elected, by universal suffrage, from a pool of candidates nominated by a broadly representative nominating committee through democratic procedures.

The editorial accused the Chinese central government of adopting a more "belligerent" and "tougher" tone. The White Paper, as a matter of fact, did nothing more than reiterating the consistent position of the central government and clearing ambiguity and out-of-context interpretation concerning the policy of "one country, two systems". To label it as "belligerent" and "tough" shows how wide-of-the-mark some views are in the first place.

Over the past 17 years since Hong Kong's return, the central government has earnestly followed the policy of "one country, two systems". It has thrown its weight behind the prosperity of Hong Kong, its residents and the development of democracy. To assert China poses a "threat to democratic rights" is a serious deviation from reality.

The editorial went so far as to calling for British intervention. It must be noted that mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries are basic norms governing state-to-state relations. They also underpinned steady growth of China-UK relations over the past decades. Hong Kong affairs fall squarely into China's domestic realm and brook no interference. China does not interfere in the UK's internal affairs. Nor does it accept any UK interference. I hope this fundamental international rule could be understood and respected by the British media.

I hope the Financial Times will publish my letter, so that its readers will better understand the position of the Chinese government.


Miao Deyu

Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the UK

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