China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Saturday condemned the European Parliament’s latest resolution, which makes unwarranted criticism against NPC’s formulation of the national security legislation in Hong Kong.
The European Parliament has made groundless accusations against China over Hong Kong affairs, said You Wenze, spokesperson for NPC’s foreign affairs committee, adding that the national security legislation for Hong Kong is purely China’s internal affairs.
“It has interfered (with) Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs, under the name of ‘safeguarding human rights'”, You pointed out.
“We strongly denounce, and firmly oppose this move,” he added.
According to You, since the turbulence over the amendment bill in Hong Kong last June, the continuous radical violent activities in Hong Kong have seriously trampled the rule of law, and the social order seriously disturbed Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability and seriously challenged the “One Country, Two Systems” bottom line.
In light of the new circumstances, the NPC is exercising power enshrined in the Constitution to establish and improve at the state level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security, he said
Noting that national security is closely related to sovereignty and territorial integrity, the spokesperson said the Central Government is responsible for upholding national security in China, as is the case in any other country.
He also said the legislation which only targets a very narrow category of acts that seriously jeopardize national security, will better protect the legitimate rights and interests of Hong Kong residents.
The law would have no impact on the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents in accordance with the law, Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, and the “One Country, Two Systems,” You said.
He reiterated the legal basis for the Chinese government’s administration of Hong Kong is China’s Constitution and the Basic Law, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration, adding that the Sino-British Joint Declaration should not be used as an excuse to interfere in Hong Kong affairs, which are China’s internal affairs.
China slams related parties’ arrogance and prejudice
The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry in the HKSAR on Saturday also deplored and opposed the unwarranted accusations by some Western politicians, heads of international organizations and the European Parliament on HKSAR affairs.
The spokesperson of the office stressed that maintaining national security is the core and basic element of national sovereignty.
“No country will allow activities in its own territory that endanger its national security or legal loopholes and lack of enforcement mechanisms in safeguarding national security,” the spokesperson added.
Noting that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, the spokesperson stressed that the decision of China to legislate on safeguarding national security for Hong Kong from the state level is reasonable, moral and legitimate.
Saying some have interfered in China’s internal affairs under the pretexts of “human rights” and “rule of low” can never be covered up, the spokesperson said the nature of their arrogance, prejudice and arbitrary interference in other countries’ domestic affairs cannot be covered up.
According to the Commissioner’s Office, those who repeatedly referred to the “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”(OHCHR) and “International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”, ignored that the OHCHR mentioned at least seven times to restrict human rights including freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of association on the basis of national security.
“They claimed to respect the rule of law but turned a blind eye on the principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs and the basic principle of international relations,” the spokesperson said and pointed out that they ignored the ultimate goal and core content of the Sino-British Joint Declaration were to ensure the handover of Hong Kong to China.
“Not a single word or paragraph in the Joint Declaration gives any countries or international organizations any responsibility over Hong Kong after its handover,” the spokesperson added.
Stressing that the most important requirement of “One Country” is to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, the spokesperson said “One Country” is the premise and basis for the implementation of the “Two Systems” and the “Two Systems” is subordinated and derived from the “One Country” and unified within it.
“No one should underestimate China’s strong will and firm determination to establish and improve the legal system and implementation mechanism of HKSAR for safeguarding national security,” the spokesperson said.
Peng Liyuan Calls for Global Efforts in AIDS and TB Prevention and Treatment
Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, called on people from all walks of life in all countries to join hands and take action to strengthen the prevention and treatment of AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), in order to benefit all mankind and build a global community of health for all.
Peng, also World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, made the remarks via video link on Monday at the opening ceremony of a special high-level event on the sidelines of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS.
The event aimed to provide a platform for WHO member states to reassert their commitment to ending TB deaths among people living with HIV and deliberate on how they will intensify the response to HIV-associated TB in the context of COVID-19.
Peng said the global fight against AIDS and TB has achieved remarkable results in recent years thanks to the concerted efforts made by the international community.
China has gradually established a cooperation mechanism between prevention and control institutions of AIDS and TB, she said. The country has kept the prevalence of AIDS at a low level, and in the past 20 years, the incidence of TB has dropped by more than 40 percent and the mortality rate by more than 70 percent.
These achievements have been made due to the attention paid by the Chinese government, the efforts of the medical personnel and the silent contributions of the volunteers, she said.
Peng also shared some touching stories and expressed her respect for people and volunteers worldwide who have contributed to the prevention and treatment of the diseases.
Major communicable diseases are among the common challenges facing mankind, and it is people’s common wish to end the threats of AIDS and TB, said Peng.
She added that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought more challenges to the containment of the diseases, calling for global efforts to protect lives and forge ahead.
Xi Jinping’s Qinghai Tour: Developing Special Industries, Improving Community-Level Governance
Development of special industries and improvement of community-level governance were highlighted on the first day of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s inspection tour of northwest China’s Qinghai Province on Monday.
Xi, who is also the general secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visited a company that makes Tibetan carpets and learned about the design and production processes. Noting the unique features of the carpets, he praised the locals for aptly combining traditional and modern crafts to meet diversified market demands.
The Tibetan carpet industry in Qinghai has helped people out of poverty and promoted rural vitalization and ethnic unity, he noted, adding that he hopes Qinghai will develop more such characteristic industries and achieve better development through innovation.
Later on, Xi visited a residential community in provincial capital Xining to learn about its efforts in strengthening Party building, improving community-level governance and advancing ethnic unity.
“Whenever I go on an inspection tour, I would visit rural villages and urban communities to see how people’s lives are going,” said Xi.
He stressed strengthening primary-level CPC organizations, calling on them to offer high-quality community services in all aspects.
(Cover: Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting a carpet company in Qinghai Province, northwest China, June 7, 2021. /Xinhua)
China Outlines Four-Point Proposal on Global Fight Against Corruption
China made a four-point proposal on international cooperation against corruption on Wednesday, calling for a zero-tolerance attitude toward corruption and respect for differences between countries.
Zhao Leji, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC (CCDI), made the remarks during a special session of the United Nations General Assembly on challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation.
“China is an active participant in and contributor to global anti-corruption governance,” Zhao said. The country contributed to the adoption of the Beijing Declaration on Fighting Corruption by APEC and the High-Level Principles on Cooperation on Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery by the G20, and put forward the Beijing Initiative for the Clean Silk Road to deepen Belt and Road cooperation, he noted.
China’s anti-graft chief Zhao Leji addresses a special session of the UN General Assembly on fighting corruption via video link, June 2, 2021. /Xinhua
Outlining China’s proposal on global anti-corruption cooperation, he called for extensive efforts to uphold fairness and justice.
“The international community needs to forge broad political consensus, take a zero-tolerance attitude toward corruption, build zero-loophole institutions, carry out zero-barrier cooperation, and press ahead with cooperation on persons sought for corruption and asset recovery and on foreign business bribery,” he said.
Meanwhile, countries should respect differences between them and promote equality and mutual learning, he stressed.
“We need to respect the sovereignty and political and legal systems of each country, respect their right to choose their own ways of fighting corruption, and foster an international partnership for anti-corruption cooperation that is based on equality, respect for differences, exchanges and mutual learning, and common progress.”
China’s anti-graft chief called on the international community to “pursue mutually-beneficial cooperation through extensive consultation and joint contribution.”
He also urged countries across the world to “honor commitments and put action first.” Signatories to the UN Convention against Corruption should “honor their solemn commitment of fighting corruption together.”
China’s ‘sweeping victory’ against corruption
Zhao reviewed China’s anti-corruption drive, stressing that the CPC and the Chinese government “stand unequivocally against corruption.”
“We have adopted a holistic approach to address both symptoms and root causes of corruption, and combined law-based punishment, institutional checks, and education and guidance to made our anti-corruption governance more effective,” he said.
In 2020, disciplinary inspection commissions and supervision agencies across the country investigated about 618,000 corruption cases, leading to the punishment of 604,000 people, a report by China’s top anti-graft body said. A total 1,421 fugitives were brought back to China last year, the CCDI report showed.
With “multi-pronged measures” to tackle all acts of corruption, China has secured and consolidated a “sweeping victory” in the fight, Zhao said.
According to a recent survey by China’s National Bureau of Statistics, 95.8 percent of the Chinese people are satisfied with the country’s anti-corruption efforts, he noted.
‘We cannot allow corruption to continue’
The UN General Assembly convened its first ever special session on combating corruption on Wednesday. The special session will conclude on Friday.
President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir addresses a special session on fighting corruption in New York, June 2, 2021. /Xinhua
Addressing the special session, Volkan Bozkir, president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, said Wednesday the effects of corruption are “detrimental to all of society” and that it should not be allowed to continue unchecked.
“Transnational financial crime and corruption are unfortunately commonplace in our interconnected, interdependent world,” Bozkir said, adding that corruption affects decision-making processes and “remains one of the most critical challenges for states, institutions, and communities.”
“We cannot allow corruption to continue. We will not,” he stressed.
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