Syria rejects foreign intervention in China's internal affairs

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Syria has condemned the intervention of US and western countries in China's internal affairs.

It said in a statement made by a source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates that foreign intervention in China's internal affairs is a blatant violation of international law and countries' sovereignty.

"No country or party has the right to intervene in the internal affairs of independent and sovereign countries," the source asserted.

It cited that Syria backs the decision adopted by the third session of the 13th Chines National People's Congress on establishing and improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to Safeguard National Security.

"Syria calls on all world countries to respect China's unity and sovereignty and the "One-China policy" ," the source concluded.

Three days ago, Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, was quoted on xinhuanet as saying that the decision "serves the fundamental interests of all Chinese people including Hong Kong compatriots."

The legislative move came after prolonged social unrest and escalating street violence had plunged Hong Kong into the gravest situation since its return to the motherland in 1997.

Hong Kong had witnessed rampant activities of "Hong Kong independence" organizations and violent radicals as well as blatant interference by external forces.

"National security is like the air. Without it, no one can survive," said Witman Hung, an NPC deputy from the (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ) HKSAR. "The NPC decision comes at the right time."

Last Friday, the US president Donald Trump ordered his administration to halt Hong Kong's preferential treatment under US law in retaliation for China's decision to apply a national security law to the semi-autonomous territory.

"I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment," Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden, noting the directive will span all bilateral agreements with Hong Kong from trade to extradition.

"We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China," he added.

Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China, said the local government spokesman in reaction to US President Donald Trump’s statement on new security law.

Basma Qaddour