China criticized international criticism of a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong on Wednesday, saying other countries should keep their noses open.
Western governments and critics have warned that the new law would restrict the city’s freedoms and undermine its “One Country, Two Systems” governance regime, which technically allows invisible freedoms on the continent.
But Beijing officials rejected criticism of the law at a press conference.
“What does that have to do with you?” said Zhang Xiaoming from the Hong Kong and Macao affairs office of the State Council. “It’s not your business”.
Officials insisted that there had been broad consultations with members of Hong Kong society and responded to criticisms that this compromised Hong Kong’s autonomy.
“If what we want is a country, a system, it would have been simple,” said Zhang.
“We are quite capable of enforcing criminal law, criminal procedure, national security law and other national laws in Hong Kong.
“Why would we need to make such an effort to formulate a national security law adapted to Hong Kong?
And he went after other nations’ suggestions for punishment.
“As for … some countries are now saying that they will impose severe sanctions on certain Chinese officials, I think it is the logic of the bandits.”
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