Beijing slams European adoption of SAR report


HONG KONG, AFP

Mainland China has slammed the European Parliament for adopting a report criticizing constitutional development, the rule of law and the business environment in Hong Kong.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong said in a statement that the mainland was “strongly opposed to any interference in China’s internal affairs by any country or group of countries in whatever way.”

He said that during the three years after the handover of this former British colony to Chinese rule, the “central people’s government has strictly implemented the principle of one country, two systems.”

The SAR government had also exercised the administration according to the Basic Law and Hong Kong had remained “stable and prosperous.”

He added that the European Parliament report had “shown disregard for the facts in Hong Kong” and “discredited Hong Kong SAR.”

As a result, the report “is opposed by the vast majority of Hong Kong people.”

A European Parliament report on Hong Kong under Chinese sovereignty, adopted on Thursday, had noted concern about judicial independence and media freedoms since the former British colony was handed back to Chinese rule in July 1997.

The report also noted the territory had “a number of tycoons who have an undue and dominant influence in certain sectors of Hong Kong’s economy and called for “fair competition laws” to level the playing field.