SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)
China reiterated its opposition to foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs Wednesday.
Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong made the comment when asked if the upcoming Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit will touch upon Hong Kong and the Korean Peninsula situation.
The policy of “One Country, Two Systems,” implemented earnestly since Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997, has contributed to Hong Kong’s prosperity, stability and won international acclaim, Li told a news briefing ahead of Premier Li Keqiang’s Europe visit.
China has always opposed foreign interference in Hong Kong’s internal affairs and China’s domestic affairs as well. “Our stance remains unchanged,” Li said, adding that Hong Kong’s continuous prosperity and stability is in the interests of all sides.
“We are confident that Hong Kong’s future will be even brighter,” the vice foreign minister said.
Issues dealing with regional and international hotspots will be touched upon on the sidelines of the summit.
Li said that the Korean Peninsula situation will be mentioned in important bilateral meetings. He reaffirmed China’s commitment to Peninsular peace and stability.
He hoped that all parties can use the summit as an opportunity to discuss practical cooperation and reach consensus, setting the direction for the future development of the ASEM.
Premier Li will visit Germany, Russia, Italy and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) headquarters from Oct. 9 to 15. He will also attend the 10th ASEM summit in Milan from Oct. 16 to 17.