Islamabad: China said it was grateful to Pakistan for its support on Hong Kong during a debate at the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) Third Committee earlier this week.
Speaking at a regular press briefing on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said: “We want to express our appreciation to Pakistan and all these countries for speaking out for justice.
“Their support once again proved that justice will always prevail and a small number of western countries who attempted to smear China under the pretext of Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues failed again.”
Earlier this week, Pakistan had said that Hong Kong’s affairs were Beijing’s internal matter while underscoring the importance of non-interference in the domestic affairs of sovereign states.
Pakistan on Tuesday made a joint statement on behalf of 55 countries at the General Debate of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, opposing interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of Hong Kong.
The joint statement pointed out that non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states is an important principle enshrined in the UN Charter and a basic norm of international relations. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an inalienable part of China, and Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs that brook no interference by foreign forces.
The joint statement expressed support for China’s implementation of “one country, two systems” in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
In any country, the legislative power on national security issues rests with the state. The enactment of the national security law in Hong Kong is a legitimate measure that ensures “one country, two systems” goes steady and enduring, and that Hong Kong enjoys long-term prosperity and stability. The legitimate rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents can be better exercised in a safe environment, said the joint statement.