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Remarks of Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in Denmark on Danish Foreign Minister's Comments on the Postponement of the Legislative Council Elections in Hong Kong
2020/08/05

Q: On 4 August, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod retweeted the declaration issued by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the postponement of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong and commented that the postponement of Hong Kong elections and the disqualification of opposition candidates call into questions on democratic rights and freedoms and weaken Hong Kong's reputation as an open and free society. What is your comment?

A: In regards of the postponement of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong, the spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry has made his remarks on the declaration issued by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Hong Kong is China's special administrative region. The region's legislative council elections are China's local elections, and hence purely Hong Kong's internal affairs. No foreign government, organization or individual has any right or reason to interfere. The Hong Kong SAR Government's decision to postpone the elections due to the severe pandemic situation is a justified and necessary step to ensure safety and health of Hong Kong citizens and the safety, fairness and impartiality of the elections. Elections were put off due to epidemics or other disasters in other places as well. The Hong Kong SAR Government followed this usual practice in making this legitimate, reasonable and lawful decision.

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