Chief Executive of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam Monday said the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration used so-called sanctions against some Chinese officials to serve own interests.
Lam made the remarks during an exclusive interview with CGTN.
U.S. earlier imposed sanctions against heads of Chinese government agencies responsible for Hong Kong affairs and officials of the HKSAR including Lam.
When asked what the U.S. is trying to convey through imposing sanctions, Lam said “By now I think it’s quite clear that all this is part of a ploy of the U.S. administration for their self-serving interest.”
“Hong Kong is ready point for them to do such a thing because we are such an open society and we have a small portion of people who tend to be more radical and critical of the government of the mainland,” she added.
The chief executive voiced strong opposition against such U.S. acts, saying it should be condemned not only by people of Hong Kong but also the international community.
Because of the sanctions, the chief executive said she may meet some inconvenience when using some financial service.
However, Lam called the sanctions meaningless. From her perspective, the most important thing is that she and other HKSAR officials feel honored at this historical moment being trusted by the central government to enforce a piece of national law to safeguard national security.
She said the more attacks they meet means the more effective the legislation is, adding that she and her colleagues are determined to continue their work and won’t be intimidated.
When talking about the postponement of the 2020 Legislative Council (LegCo) election in the HKSAR, Lam said she knew she could meet all kinds of speculations for making the decision since the participation of LegCo election is always high and Hong Kong society is now going through highly politicized and very polarized situation.
However she stressed “nothing is more important than people’s life”.
As more than 4,500 cases have been reported since epidemic broke out in the HKSAR, Lam said she cannot take risk of Hong Kong people’s life and safety.
She believes it is a right and responsible decision to postpone the LegCo poll so as to ensure a safe and fair election.
CGTN Welcomes Ofcom’s Recognition of its Right to Broadcast in UK
China Global Television Network (CGTN) on Saturday welcomed the acknowledgement of the British media regulator that CGTN’s right to broadcast in Europe falls under French jurisdiction, which paves the way for its return to broadcasting in the UK after being taken off the air there two months ago.
The Office of Communications (Ofcom) of the United Kingdom on Friday said that it recognized that CGTN’s operations in Europe are in French jurisdiction, according to the Financial Times, which under the European Convention on Transfrontier Television, to which the UK is a signatory, allows it to resume airing programs in the country.
CGTN said on Saturday it is in contact with its broadcast licensee to verify the relevant information.
“We applaud and welcome the UK regulatory authorities’ return to objectivity and impartiality,” said CGTN via a spokesperson.
“As a professional international media organization, CGTN reports the world in an objective, fair and balanced manner and promote exchanges among people of all countries and regions. CGTN always respects and abides by the laws and regulations of the countries and regions where we operate,” added the spokesperson.
On February 4, 2021, Ofcom pulled CGTN off British airwaves after 18 years of services in the country, following an investigation into the broadcasting license of the outlet. CGTN has maintained that it “complies with the laws and regulations of every country” and expressed disappointment in the ruling that was “based on the so-called political nature of CGTN and related Chinese media organizations.”
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