Q: US Senator Cotton and Senator Romney yesterday expressed concerns about the repression conducted by Hong Kong police. They said China's Communist Party seems to be ready to repress Hong Kong protesters with violence. If Beijing enforces martial law in Hong Kong, the US will reevaluate its relationship with China, including suspension of US-China trade talks and revision of the US Hong Kong Policy Act. I wonder what is your response?
A: The recent protests and demonstrations in Hong Kong have turned into radical violent behaviors that seriously violate the law, undermine security and social order in Hong Kong, and endanger local people's safety, property and normal life. No responsible government will turn a blind eye to such serious violent crimes.
I want to ask these US senators, do you still remember how the American police dealt with the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in 2011? If Hong Kong's radical, violent and illegal activities happened in the US, what would the American police do? You called black white and talked nothing about the serious consequences of the radical, violent and illegal behaviors. Instead, you smeared the just actions taken by the Hong Kong police who have all along been professional, highly restrained and committed to safeguarding rule of law and social order. What are you really up to? What is your true intention behind the Hong Kong issue?
The central government firmly supports Chief Executive Carrie Lam in leading the SAR government to administer the SAR in accordance with law. The central government firmly supports the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing law and firmly supports the punishment of violent criminals in accordance with law. The Chinese side must once again urge the relevant American politicians to immediately stop condoning violent crimes and grossly interfering in Hong Kong affairs. Chinese people do not believe in fallacy. Nor are we afraid of evil forces. Chinese people do not stir up troubles, and we are not cowards when involved in some. Any attempt to undermine "one country, two systems" and Hong Kong's prosperity and stability will be resolutely opposed by all Chinese people, including the Hong Kong compatriots. Any attempt to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs is doomed to fail.
martial law军事管制; 戒严
reevaluate重新考虑; 再评价; 再评估
violate the law触犯法律
undermine逐渐削弱; 使逐步减少效力; 从根基处破坏; 挖…的墙脚