Pakistan recently called Hong Kong an internal issue of China at the UN
China has praised Pakistan for supporting its stance on Hong Kong and Xinjiang province. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that China appreciated Pakistan and all other countries for speaking out in support. Concerns about human rights abuses were raised by Germany recently, who asked for full access for international observers. China retorted back that it was an interference in its internal matters by a handful of western countries.
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Munir Akram called China an inalienable ally and said that Hong Kong issues are internal affairs of a sovereign state. He also said that China is within its rights to take decisions to safeguard its citizens.
“The enactment of the law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong is a legitimate measure that ensures the ‘one country, two systems’ [policy] goes steady and enduring, and that Hong Kong enjoys long term prosperity and stability,” Akram said.
Chunying said that a smear campaign against China is underway. She also added that over 70 countries voiced their support from China.
“Their support once again proved that justice will always prevail and a small number of western countries who attempted to smear China under the pretext of Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues failed again.”
“During the general debate of the Third Committee […] more than 70 countries voiced their support on China’s relevant positions. By far, 57 countries have co-signed a joint statement on Hong Kong-related issues and 48 countries have made a similar joint statement on Xinjiang,” Chunying said.
“Pakistan and Cuba have spoken on behalf of these countries in support of China’s formulation and implementation of the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, believing that it will ensure the steady and successful implementation of ‘one country, two systems’, maintain the region’s prosperity and stability, and ensure a safe environment for Hong Kong residents’ exercise of legitimate rights and freedom.”