The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s President, Lord Edwin E. Hitti, was delighted to attend at The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR, the national security legislation press conference, on 25 May 2020.
In which Commissioner Xie Feng briefed foreign consular corps, chambers of commerce, international organizations and media in Hong Kong on the proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong and later took questions from the audience.
Commissioner Xie outlined in the following points that the national security legislation for Hong Kong is of greatest urgency, and that the Central People’s Government has both power and obligation to safeguard matters of national security.
- First, national security legislation for Hong Kong is right and proper and of greatest urgency.
- Second, it is just and legitimate for the Central Government to safeguard national security, which is both within its power and its obligation.
- Third, the national security legislation will ensure the enduring success of “One Country, Two Systems”.
- Fourth, the international community can rest assured about the legislation for Hong Kong.
- Fifth, the Chinese government is rock-firm in upholding national sovereignty, security and development interest in implementing the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, and in opposing any external interference in Hong Kong affairs.
Commissioner Xie, Beijing’s top diplomat in Hong Kong stressed, don’t demonize the legislation, urging people not to be misled over the new law by those with ulterior motives. He added, the national security legislation will alleviate the grave concerns among local and foreign business communities about the violent and terrorist forces.
After the briefing, Commissioner Xie answered questions from the Consuls-General of Cambodia and Egypt to Hong Kong, Head of the European Union Office to Hong Kong, Representative of The Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and President of The Arab Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Reuters and TVB journalists, on the backdrop, timing and aim of the legislation, the legislative procedure and timetable, its impacts on the high degree of autonomy, citizens’ rights and freedoms, the rule of law and the business environment in Hong Kong, and details and enforcement mechanisms of the legislation.
Q&A transcript: http://www.fmcoprc.gov.hk/eng/zydt/t1782645.htm
Over 130 delegates attended the press conference: Consuls-General and Senior Officials from 58 countries in Hong Kong, including France, Germany, the UK, Japan, Russia, Brazil and Singapore, and Head of the European Union Office to Hong Kong; members of 15 International Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong representing countries including the US, Japan, the UK, the Arab world and Australia; 17 media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CNN, NHK, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Economist, the South China Morning Post, TVB, Phoenix TV, Wen Wei Po, Ta Kung Pao, CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, China News Service and China Daily, and heads of offices of international organizations to Hong Kong including the Bank for International Settlements, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration.
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