At the same time, references to 黑手 [black hand]: 我们还要向那些肆无忌惮的极少数暴力犯罪分子和他们背后的黑手发出警告; 中国一直称有外部的“黑手”卷入香港当前的事态; 这次政治风暴幕后黑手是--些敌视中国发展的势力 [We also want to warn those unscrupulous violent criminals and the black hands behind them; China has always said that there are external "black hands" involved in the current state of affairs in Hong Kong; The black hand behind the political storm is something that is hostile to China’s development.] could as easily refer to involved Chinese citizens with dual nationality (Hong Kong and other states) whomay be viewed as serving as a link from the SAR to whatever foreign elements the central government desires to focus--for purposes of this interview, the United States. That, in turn, nicely aligns with the thrust of more global Chinese interests. Yet foreign elements need no longer be tied to states; and there are certainly many civil society groups with global networks with an interest in the developments in Hong Kong.
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A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council views on the current state of affairs in Hong Kong
Published: 2019-08-06 Source: State Council Information Office website
Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon everyone! Everyone is welcome to attend the briefing of the State Council Information Office. Last week, the State Council Information Office held a press conference and invited the spokesperson of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council to meet with you to introduce the position and views on the current state of affairs in Hong Kong. As Mr. Yang Guang said at the end of the last press conference, there will be more opportunities to communicate with you in the future. Today, we once again invited two speakers, Mr. Yang Guang and Ms. Xu Luying, to further communicate with you.
First of all, please introduce Mr. Yang Guang.
Dear friends from the press, good afternoon! We are holding a media briefing here today. Before the media briefing begins, I would like to borrow the lens of everyone to say hello to the people of Hong Kong.
Last week, we held a press conference to show our position and views on the current state of affairs in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong society and the international community are highly concerned about this. The people of the Mainland have also responded enthusiastically. We feel the strong positive energy of resolutely safeguarding the "one country, two systems" policy and the Basic Law, resolutely defending the rule of law in Hong Kong, and resolutely supporting the Chief Executive and the SAR Government in their administration of the law and firmly supporting the Hong Kong Police Force in law enforcement.
But we also see that violent illegal activities have continued for more than a week. On August 5, the opposition launched another strike aimed at smashing Hong Kong. Faced with this grim situation, more and more people realize that Hong Kong can no longer be chaotic! Today, I want to talk about how to do things about what happened in Hong Kong and what to do next.
It is well known that in the past two months, the demonstrations in Hong Kong have completely exceeded the scope of freedom of assembly, procession and demonstration. They have evolved into extreme violence, and the means are constantly being refurbished, the intensity is constantly escalating, and the destructiveness is intensifying. It’s shocking. A small group of radical demonstrators targeted the police, using tools ranging from bricks and irons to deadly weapons such as smoke bombs, petrol bombs, bows and arrows, and arson. Others on the Internet publicly advocated the use of deadly methods to attack the police. These acts have caused serious harm to the lives and property of Hong Kong police officers and the general public. 461 people have been injured in violent clashes, including 139 police officers. What is even more indignant and highly vigilant is that some radicals have tore up Hong Kong's Basic Law and defiled the National Emblem. On the evening of August 3, several shameless people dropped the flag of the People's Republic of China hanging in front of a building in Tsim Sha Tsui and threw it into the sea. This act seriously violated the law, blatantly offended the dignity of the country and challenged the bottom line of the "one country, two systems" principle. On August 5, the opposition launched a strike, which caused about 250 flights to be cancelled. Eight subway lines, such as Kwun Tong, stopped serving for more than five hours. The Hung Hom Tunnel and several traffic trunks were blocked. Extreme violent elements threw incendiary bombs at the police station and set fire to them in various places. At 7 o'clock that night, the extreme militants once again pulled the flag down to Tsim Sha Tsui and threw it into the sea. These thugs are arrogant and arrogant. Waiting for them in the future will be a blow to the sword of law, a nick that cannot be erased on the column.
The demonstrations that have lasted for nearly two months, especially the violent attacks, have also had a serious impact on Hong Kong's economy and people's livelihood. According to the statistics of the SAR Government, the economic indicators of Hong Kong in the first six months of this year have fallen across the board except for a few industries. Hong Kong's GDP in the second quarter increased by only 0.6% in real terms over the same period last year, and the economy is facing significant downward pressure. 18 countries and regions have issued travel safety reminders to Hong Kong due to the current situation. Retail and tourism are the first to bear the brunt, and merchant sales and hotel occupancy rates have fallen sharply. What is more serious is that the current state of affairs in Hong Kong has seriously hit the confidence of international investors. They have publicly expressed their deep concern about the business environment in Hong Kong. Some international agencies have issued early warnings. The ongoing demonstrations and violent incidents have prevented Hong Kong's economic activities from proceeding properly. Hong Kong's rating may be affected.
It must be clearly pointed out that in the current chaos in Hong Kong, some of the radical violent elements are standing at the forefront, and some are well-informed and misguided, but the supporters of the radical violent elements are inside and outside Hong Kong. The chaotic port of China. They blatantly bravely brave the radical violent elements, and coordinate, direct and fund the secrets. They confuse right and wrong, reverse black and white, and try their best to advocate the so-called "civil disobedience" or even "violence can solve the problem" of the fallacies, beautification, and radical violence. They encouraged militants to engage in the so-called "non-cooperative movement" and implement "extreme pressure" in an attempt to force all Hong Kong citizens to become involved in political disputes and intensify social conflicts.
The iron-clad facts show that the radical demonstrations that have lasted for nearly two months are very serious and have a very bad impact. They have already had a serious impact on Hong Kong's prosperity and stability and are dragging Hong Kong into a dangerous abyss!
So what should I do next? This is a major issue that everyone who cares about Hong Kong is thinking about. The situation in Hong Kong has developed to this grim step today. The urgent task before all Hong Kong citizens is very clear. It is a sentence: "stop the storm and restore order!"
We must first appeal to the general public in Hong Kong: It is now a crucial moment to stand firm and guard the beautiful homeland. To reject ignorance, paranoia, and abuse, like the white-haired old man who insisted on rejecting the demonstrator's flyer at the airport. Like the wage earners who rushed to work, they screamed at the saboteurs who were holding the subway doors and stopping the train. Like the loving grannies, take your own children who are full of inexplicable anger and take them home, and count down with distress. You have seen the big men who motivated young people to engage in violent assaulting police every day. Are their children doing the same? I ask the Hong Kong compatriots to calmly think about a question: Once the chaos is out of control, who will eventually suffer? Who will benefit?
We must appeal to the SAR Government, the Judiciary and the police: At an important moment concerning the destiny of Hong Kong, all departments and agencies must take responsibility for the rule of law, perform their duties, strictly enforce the law, and exercise justice. Violence against violence must not be soft. If the law is not punished, the law will be without dignity; if the law is not majestic, the rule of law will be gone. Here, I must make it very clear that the Central Committee’s support for the Chief Executive of Mr. Lin Zhengyue is unwavering and unwavering. The opposition’s attempt to force Lin Zhengyue’s resignation of the Chief Executive is doomed to fail! I would like to once again express my sincere respect for the decisive law enforcement and strict law enforcement of the Hong Kong Police Force. The people of the whole country are your strong backing. We hope that people from all walks of life in Hong Kong will recognize the current state of affairs and firmly support the Chief Executive of the Legislative Council to lead the SAR Government in its administration of the law, firmly support the Hong Kong Police in its law enforcement, and firmly support the relevant departments of the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Judiciary in punishing violent criminals.
We also warn the unscrupulous violent criminals and the black hands behind them: the fire will self-immolate, and the punishment will come! All those involved in violent criminal activities, regardless of who they are, must be held accountable for their legal responsibilities, including the legal responsibility of the behind-the-scenes planners, organizers, and commanders! I must warn all criminals not to misjudge the situation, to exercise restraint as weakness, to underestimate the powerful and just power of Hong Kong society to uphold the rule of law and maintain stability, and to underestimate the central government and the people of the whole country to safeguard Hong Kong's prosperity and stability and safeguard the fundamental interests of the country. Strong determination and great strength! In the final analysis, the fate of Hong Kong is in the hands of all Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots!
thank you all.
Thank you Mr. Yang Guang for his introduction. Enter the question and answer session below, and give the first question to the media in Hong Kong today.
Hong Kong Cable Reporter
The Chief Executive, Mrs Lam, said yesterday that the anti-revision claims have deteriorated. She said that some people want to engage in revolution and challenge national sovereignty. Some commentators believe that the Chief Executive has labeled the five major demands of the people as "Hong Kong independence". Does the Central Government agree with the Chief Executive? ? Also, are people in Hong Kong going to the streets to engage in revolution? What does the central government think? If the anti-reforms continue, for example, before October 1st, will the central government sit still and ignore the dispatch of the garrison? The second question is that the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office has paid tribute to the Hong Kong Police Force at the first press conference. The spokesman for Yang Guang has once again paid tribute to the Hong Kong Police Force. This remark is that the police are even more arrogant and even arrogant. It is to strengthen the abuse of violence to arrest the public. What is the opinion of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office? Should the Police Force review some of his enforcement methods and even apologize to the public for the recent increase in police conflict? Thank you.
Thank you for your question. Although it raises two questions, there are actually two questions. I heard it, the clues of the two centers, and one of my opinions on the statement of the Chief Executive of Lin Zhengyue at the press conference yesterday. The other is what the Hong Kong police are doing now.
I will answer the first question first. We also noticed that the Chief Executive of the Legislative Council of Lin Zhengyue held a press conference yesterday. She pointed out that Hong Kong is currently slipping into a dangerous situation. She also said that she will not resign. She is more sure that the rule of law. It is the only way to solve the violence. To her speech, I deeply agree that I am deeply appreciative of the spirit of her performance. I think that in my speech just now, I have listed the shocking violent crimes that have taken place in Hong Kong in the past two months. I also see that the momentum of such violent crimes has not been effectively curbed. If we speak with facts, the facts tell us two truths, or two basic truths: First, the current state of affairs in Hong Kong has evolved from a peaceful procession rally to a crime committed by a few people. Second, it has evolved from a peaceful expression of opinion to a challenge to the bottom line of the "one country, two systems" principle.
I noticed that at the press conference, the Chief Executive of Lin Zhengyue also mentioned a slogan issued by some people, called "Recovering Hong Kong, the revolution of the times". I also want to ask these people. Where is Hong Kong? Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. In a place like Hong Kong, what do you want to "recover"? Where do you want to "recover" Hong Kong? Therefore, they can be seen from their slogans. Their political motives are clear at a glance. Everyone knows that they are at the root of the "one country" in "one country, two systems", that is, to challenge this fundamental principle. Therefore, in the face of such shocking violent criminal activities and serious challenges to the bottom line of the "one country, two systems" principle, is it still impossible to see that the current state of affairs has deteriorated? The Central Committee will never let a few people drag Hong Kong into dangerous situations with their own violent actions. Therefore, we propose that the most urgent and important task that Hong Kong is overwhelming at the moment is to "stop the storm and restore order." The Central Government unswervingly supports the Chief Executive of the Legislative Council to lead the SAR Government in its administration of the law and unswervingly support the Hong Kong Police Force in its law enforcement.
The second question is the comments of the police. As you said earlier, the Hong Kong Police Force has been strictly law enforcement and decisive enforcement in the recent period. I think that I am deeply appreciative of the professionalism demonstrated by the Hong Kong Police Force in acting in accordance with the law. I am thinking about a problem. Isn't it supposed to be like this? Of course it should be like this. Hong Kong is known as a society ruled by law. All Hong Kong people regard the rule of law as the core value they are proud of. What is the rule of law? The rule of law means that there are laws that must be followed. So what should the police do? That is, when crimes occur and when illegal activities occur, decisively and rigorously enforce the law, restore social order, and ensure social stability. No matter who it is or what kind of banner he is playing, it is illegal to violate the law, and violence is violence. As long as it is illegal, it should be resolutely stopped. This is the specific manifestation of the police's due diligence. Only in this way can the rule of law in Hong Kong be effectively defended.
I want to reiterate that we express our sincere respect for the Hong Kong Police Force's fearless pressure and danger and strict law enforcement! Thank you!
CCTV reporter from CCTV
During the demonstrations in Hong Kong, a large number of young people rushed ahead, and there was no shortage of radical violence. What do you think of the spokesman for the young people in Hong Kong? Thank you.
Thank you for the reporter's question. We have noticed that there are indeed some young faces in a series of demonstrations and violent clashes, and some people have blatantly violated the law. We are very saddened by these phenomena. Anyone with a discerning eye can see that some recent violent clashes in Hong Kong have been said to be caused by some chaotic elements and hidden elements. They are not thinking about the health of young people. They also push them to the evil roads. Young people became pawns and cannon fodder for their political plots. I think that with the increasingly conspicuous plots of the chaotic Hong Kong, the nuisance of the Hong Kong people, the self-respect of the young people, and the prosperity, stability and self-respect of Hong Kong, the face of "one country, two systems" is increasingly exposed, and more and more young people will see them. The face will be lost. In the process, in the course of the increasingly serious situation in Hong Kong, we also deeply felt that there is indeed a problem in the national education of Hong Kong youth. Youth is an important period in the formation of outlook on life and values. In this period, loving the country and loving the motherland should be the first lesson of their school. But in many schools in Hong Kong, this class is very regrettable in many classrooms in Hong Kong. When many teachers encouraged young students to go on the streets and even participate in violent conflicts, when many children took to the streets and their parents did not stop, can we blame these young people alone?
Therefore, I feel that school education and family education must have a correct guidance. We must strengthen the patriotism education and national education of Hong Kong youth, and let them understand their country and themselves comprehensively, deeply and objectively from an early age. The nation, understand its own history and culture. The whole society should care about the healthy growth of young people and create a good, harmonious, stable and rule of law environment for the healthy growth of young people. The youth of Hong Kong are also young people of China. The youth of Hong Kong is the future of Hong Kong and the future of the country. The Central Government is always paying attention to the growth of young people in Hong Kong. We also know that young people in Hong Kong have indeed encountered many difficulties in their growth and face many confusions. We are all very clear and very empathetic. But these problems cannot be solved by violence or by illegality. I think if young people from Hong Kong come out and come to the mainland to look at it and look at the world, they will feel that our country is in a critical period of prosperity. Our country is in the process of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. In the critical period, if they closely link their future and destiny with the prosperity and development of the motherland, their future is very bright, and their path is very broad. Therefore, here, I also advise those young friends who have participated in demonstrations and even some violent conflicts, lost their way, and will return to the rule of law and order, to maintain Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, and not to The path of evil and the path of danger continue to move forward. thank you all!
Singapore Straits Times reporter
China has always said that there is an external "black hand" involved in the current state of affairs in Hong Kong, but has not specifically stated what evidence to prove this. Does China have any evidence? In addition, which protesters are protesters supported by external forces? Ready to deal with them? Thank you.
Thank you, you have raised a big question. Prior to this, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly commented on this issue. Since you have asked, I would also like to answer this question.
We can look for evidence or clues about what they are saying from public reports. Since the start of the revision of the Fugitive Offenders Regulations in February, some Western politicians and the Taiwan authorities have publicly stood at the forefront and made many remarks about reversing black and white and irresponsible remarks. Let's briefly review, for example, on March 21, the US State Department issued the "2019 US-Hong Kong Policy Law Report," which is much earlier than in previous years. It uses the word "regression" to describe Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and has issued many statements. The rumors have threatened the rule of law in Hong Kong and eroded "one country, two systems." For example, in late March, the United States highly invited some of the opposition’s leading figures to visit the United States, and arranged for the Vice President and the Secretary of State to meet and support them. Less than two months later, senior US officials met with the so-called "anti-extradition amendments and the United States and Canada" led by the opposition figures. On June 13, some US lawmakers revisited the so-called "Hong Kong Bill of Rights on Human Rights and Democracy", arguing that they should regularly review or adjust their policies on Hong Kong and impose sanctions on relevant officials. In June, Pelosi said a famous saying, "The demonstrations in Hong Kong are a beautiful scenery." On June 25th, the former British Foreign Secretary Hunter asked Hong Kong to investigate the June 12 conflict. On July 8, the US Vice President and Secretary of State met with Li Zhiying respectively, openly discussing the issue of Hong Kong's amendments and Hong Kong's autonomy under "One Country, Two Systems." Wait a minute, there are still many, I will not go to read one by one, do not delay everyone's time. I think that these remarks have a common feature, that is, to support the demonstrators to support their strengths and encourage their efforts, and to point and intervene in the affairs of Hong Kong. The situation in Hong Kong has deteriorated to the point where it is today. Some violent militants dare to unscrupulously carry out illegal activities and dare to openly challenge the bottom line of the principle of "one country, two systems". I think this is inconsistent with the irresponsible remarks of some Western politicians and their ignorance. Open, their "contributions" to the chaos in Hong Kong are also very impressive.
Recently, Yang Jiechi, director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Working Committee, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi have all accused the Western forces of interfering in Hong Kong affairs. Mr. Tung Chee-hwa, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, also pointed out that the black hand behind this political storm is hostile to China's development. The fundamental purpose of the forces is to make Hong Kong a battleground for the international game and to make Hong Kong a base against the Central Committee as a pawn to contain China. This voice is righteous and stern, and a word breaks their bad intentions.
Here, I want to emphasize that our principled position is that Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong and Hong Kong affairs will never allow any foreign countries to intervene. We advise those politicians who speak beautiful words and who are actually doing the seeds of social hatred and opposition. They are more serious and awake, and your tricks are impossible. Or, as I said earlier, the future and destiny of Hong Kong are in the hands of the entire Chinese people, including the Hong Kong compatriots. You should not do the ridiculous thing of the "eucalyptus". Thank you.
Hong Kong Economic Times reporter
The revision storm has lasted for nearly two months, and the way people express their demands has also escalated. The biggest strikes, strikes, strikes and “non-cooperative movements” since the outbreak of the storm occurred yesterday, requiring the government to respond to the five major demands of the people. . May I ask the central government about this attitude. Thank you.
Thank you for your question. The Hong Kong opposition forces encouraged the public to participate in the so-called strikes, strikes and strikes on August 5. We pay close attention to the progress of this matter. So far, let's see what they have done. In the early morning and morning, they blocked the main traffic, prevented the MTR from running, refused to perform flight missions, damaged traffic lights, set up roadblocks, and even cut wires, forcibly traffic, causing serious obstruction of many subway lines and important sections. The area was blocked and a large number of flights at the Hong Kong International Airport were grounded. According to incomplete statistics, at least 235 flights were forced to cancel, and a large number of shops were forced to close down. Many citizens could not go to work normally. It can be said that their behavior has seriously affected the normal life of the people and shocked the normal order of Hong Kong society. In the afternoon, some militants continued to reapply, surrounded the police station, attacked the police, and carried out a series of violent attacks such as arson. In the evening, very few extreme militants threw the flag into the sea again. From the early hours of yesterday morning to less than 30 hours, this series of behaviors proved two more points:
First, the so-called "uncooperative movement" and the so-called "three strikes" by the opposition are not normal expressions of appeals, but extreme violent crimes, crimes that seriously undermine public order and public interests. Behavior is a criminal act that challenges the bottom line of the principle of "one country, two systems" and violates the dignity of the country. Their purpose is to mess up Hong Kong, harm Hong Kong and ruin Hong Kong.
Second, their actions are completely unpopular and completely fail. I think that the organizers of this so-called "uncooperative movement" have a very ridiculous logic. Their so-called "strike" is to block traffic by a large area, so that everyone can't go to work normally, and many shops can't open, thus forming in disguise. The phenomenon of strikes, what is the strike caused by this strike? This is a joke in the world, it is a cover-up, self-deception. In fact, responding to them is embarrassing.
However, we have seen another scene. Many people went out early, did not affect the normal work, and the general public took the initiative to dismantle the roadblocks they set and pushed the black people who were blocking the subway. The vast number of Hong Kong citizens, as well as many political groups and associations that love Hong Kong and patriotism, have all condemned their actions. The patriotic Hong Kong people raised the five-star red flag again at 11 o'clock last night. I don’t know if you noticed it. Within a little hour after the flag was removed and thrown into the sea for the second time, there was a saying in the mainland media that “1.4 billion Chinese people are flag-bearers”. I think that the majority of patriotic people who love Hong Kong are not alone. Behind us, our 1.4 billion Chinese people are united with them and share the same sympathy. Under such circumstances, the conspiracy of those who are chaotic and harboring Hong Kong is unpopular and will not succeed. We strongly condemn this kind of misfortune, port and port destruction at the expense of the stable life of Hong Kong's more than 7 million people and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong. The central government will never allow these people to drag Hong Kong into danger. abyss. We strongly support the strict enforcement of the Chief Executive and the Special Administrative Region Government and the Hong Kong Police Force to quickly bring the perpetrators and criminals to justice. Thank you.
British Times reporter
Regarding the use of the military, I would like to ask a few more specific questions. As I mentioned earlier, the first task is to stop the riots and then restore order. The current situation is that the signs are not particularly good. I have several specific problems. The first question, has the Hong Kong Government asked Beijing to provide assistance to the troops stationed in Hong Kong? It’s like what Mr. Yang said last week. The second question is whether the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress has now considered declaring a state of emergency under the Basic Law. Have you considered sending a PLA or a mainland police to assist the Hong Kong government? The third question, last week, the commander of the Hong Kong Regiment, Chen Daoxiang, said that the extreme violence was absolutely intolerable. The propaganda film of the troops stationed in Hong Kong also appeared last week. Recently, the Shenzhen police also had drills for riot police. I want to know. The central government wants to signal through these actions to release it? Thank you.
Thank you, you asked a lot of very specific questions, and finally asked a sentence, what kind of important signals. I also noticed the speech of Commander Chen Daoxiang. I want to say three sentences. First, the glorious course of the People’s Liberation Army in the past 92 years has proved that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is extremely reliable and incomparable in safeguarding the security of every inch of the sacred territory of the motherland. strong power. Second, the Chinese People's Liberation Army is both a mighty teacher and a civilized teacher. The People's Liberation Army listens to the party's command and the People's Liberation Army acts in accordance with the law. When talking about garrison, the garrison also acts in accordance with the law and acts in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Basic Law and the Garrison Law. Thirdly, we believe that with the unwavering support of the Central Government and the strong support of the people of the whole country including the Hong Kong compatriots, the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Police Force are fully capable of punishing violent crimes, restoring social order and restoring Social stability. Thank you.
Phoenix TV reporter
We are also concerned that Lin Zhengyue’s press conference held in Hong Kong yesterday just mentioned that Hong Kong is slipping into a dangerous situation recently, but she said that she will not resign. What does the spokesman think of her? Will the Central Committee ask Lin Zhengyue to resign? Thank you.
I have already talked about this issue. In fact, I have talked about it more than once. Since you have asked, I will repeat it. The Central Government unswervingly and unwaveringly supports the Chief Executive of the Legislative Council, and the opposition’s attempt to let the Chief Executive of Lin Zhengyue resign will not succeed. Thank you.
The last question.
NBC NBC Reporter
Do you mean that it is completely impossible for the Chinese military to intervene? Because you just said that the Hong Kong government and the police are fully confident in the current situation, so is it impossible for the military to intervene? Or is military intervention an option?
Thank you, I have already answered this question. I forgot to add a sentence. The three points I have mentioned are a complete system. If I have to say one more sentence, I would like to say that the Central Government and the people of the whole country Hong Kong's prosperous and stable support is real. The central government will never allow the offense of the "one country, two systems" principle to be unpunished, and will never let Hong Kong emerge from the turmoil that the SAR government cannot control and endanger national unity or security. Thank you.
Thanks again to the two speakers, thank you all. Today's briefing is over, thank you.