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Embassy Spokesperson's letter to the Financial Times on the latter's unjustified comments on rule of law in Hong Kong

Ms. Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, recently wrote a letter to the Financial Times on the latter's unjustified comments on rule of law in Hong Kong. The Financial Times published part of the letter on 28 August 2017. The following is the full text of the Spokesperson's letter:


FT view Hong Kong presents a test of China's good faith (21 August) was misleading and confusing right and wrong. I want to make the following three points with regard to rule of law in Hong Kong.

First, Hong Kong's rule of law ensures its citizens' full rights to freedom. But this does not mean that illegal acts such as violence in the name of 'democracy' or 'freedom' can be tolerated. Anyone who breaches the law should be brought to justice. Joshua Wong and two others are put behind bars not for exercising their rights to free assembly, protest or speech but for their violation of the law in Hong Kong. The review and ruling by Hong Kong's court of appeal with regard to these individuals was based on facts and laws, and it is beyond reproach. By calling the court decision 'clampdown', the above mentioned article was being most irresponsible.

Second, abiding by judicial verdict is key to the spirit of the rule of law which must be upheld regardless whom the verdict is applied to or where it is applied. There must not be double standards. One must not pay lip service to rule of law, namely, talking about it being the cornerstone of Hong Kong's success while in action, gauging the court ruling by one's own likes or dislikes. Such politically biased, selective approach runs counter to rule of law in Hong Kong.

Third, 20 years after Hong Kong's return to China, the 'One Country, Two Systems' policy has been widely recognized as a success and the legendary prosperity of Hong Kong continues. The fact is, Hong Kong is not, as the article claims, testing China's good faith. Rather, Hong Kong is presenting a test of the 'pride and prejudice' of those who are denying Hong Kong an objective and fair take on the city's progress. This latest court ruling is a test of the good faith of those people for Hong Kong's right to independent court ruling and a test to their respect for the spirit of rule of law and their commitment to the rule of law in Hong Kong.


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