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China slams G7's 'carping remarks' on Hong Kong's internal affairs

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 27, 2019, 05.28 PM (IST)

China on Tuesday slammed G7's statement on Hong Kong and said that it's purely internal affairs of China which can well handle it and the members of Group of Seven should not put their nose in with ulterior motives, reported news agency Reuters.

The spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang made the statement at a press briefing in response to the statement issued at the end of the G7 summit, which reaffirms the procedure and importance of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

"We are strongly dissatisfied and firmly oppose to the carping remarks as the back-seat driver on the Hong Kong affairs in the G7 leaders' statement. We have time and again emphasized that Hong Kong affairs are purely the internal affairs of China and no foreign government, organization or individual has the right to intervene," Geng was quoted as saying.

"The protests and violence have lasted for more than two months in Hong Kong, seriously affecting Hong Kong's rule of law, public order, economy, people's livelihood and international image. No one is more concerned about Hong Kong's prosperity and stability than the Chinese people, the people of Hong Kong included. China can well handle its own affairs. The G7 members, please do not put your nose in with ulterior motives," Geng added.

On the Sino-British Joint Declaration, Geng said: "I would like to stress once again that the ultimate purpose and core contents of the declaration are to determine that China recovers Hong Kong and resumes the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong. With Hong Kong returning to the embrace of the motherland, the Chinese government has exercised its rule in accordance with China's Constitution and the Basic Law. According to the international law and the basic norms of international relations, no country or organization has the right to intervene in the Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of the declaration."

(With inputs from Reuters) 

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The spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang made the statement at a press briefing in response to the statement issued at the end of the G7 summit, which reaffirms the procedure and importance of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.