Starting from June this year, a series of protests against the amendments of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance have taken place in Hong Kong.
In order to solicit broader public opinions and to restore calm as early as possible, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government completely halted the amendments of two ordinances concerning the transfer of fugitive offenders.
"Some radical protesters use toxic powders, petrol bombs and arrows to assault police officers. Some radical protesters even asked for independence of Hong Kong, stormed the offices of the Central Government in Hong Kong, insulted the national emblem and flag of China," the Ambassador said during his exclusive interview with Medcom.id on Friday, August 30, 2019.
"These above-mentioned activities are not peaceful assembly, demonstrations or protests, and constitute serious violence crimes, which trample the rule of law, sabotage social order, seriously affect the safety of Hong Kong citizens, seriously undermine Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability as well as the One Country, Two Systems principle.
The Chinese Central Government implements the One Country, Two Systems policy in Hong Kong. The policy gives Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy.
The amendments of two ordinances were proposed by the Hong Kong SAR government according to the needs of Hong Kong. They were proposed by the Hong Kong leadership because of an ordinary judicial case.
In February 2018, Chen Tongjia, a Hong Kong resident, was suspected of murdering his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan before he fled back to Hong Kong. Hong Kong had no jurisdiction over this case. In order to transfer Chen Tongjia to Taiwan for trial, the Hong Kong SAR government proposed the amendments to the above-mentioned ordinances.
"In the current chaos, some of the violent radicals stood in the foreground. Entrapped in the middle are some of the well-informed citizens who have been partially misled. And behind the scenes are anti-China forces in the West and local anti-China forces who intend to mess up Hong Kong," the Ambassador remarked.
"The evil manipulators behind this political storm are the hostile forces against China's development. Their fundamental purpose is to turn Hong Kong into a battleground for global rivalry, a forefront for acting against the central government, and a pawn to contain the development of China. Democracy is only the guise for the anti-China forces who intend to mess up Hong Kong," the Ambassador noted.