BEIJING, July 01 (INP) As a historical document, the
Sino-British Joint Declaration has no binding force on
the Chinese government’s administration of Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region (SAR), Foreign Ministry
spokesperson Lu Kang said.
Lu made the remarks, in response to British Foreign
Secretary Boris Johnson’s comments regarding Hong Kong,
at a daily press briefing.
Johnson said Thursday that the rule of law, an
independent judiciary, and a free media have all been
central to Hong Kong’s success.
He said the SAR’s continued success will depend on the
rights and freedoms protected by the Sino-British Joint
Declaration, which was signed in 1984.
In a press statement released Thursday, U.S. State
Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said “the United
States remains concerned about any infringement of civil
liberties in Hong Kong, including intrusions on press
freedoms, and we support the further development of Hong
Kong’s democratic systems.”
Commenting on the remarks from both Johnson and Nauert,
Lu stressed that Hong Kong is a special administrative
region of China, and therefore Hong Kong affairs are
China’s internal affairs.
He said Hong Kong’s success has already been proven
during the 20 years since its return to China, and
outsiders should not make incorrect remarks regarding
Under the strong support of the central government and
the motherland, all sectors of the Hong Kong SAR have
achieved comprehensive development, he said.
From 1997 to 2016, Hong Kong’s GDP grew at an average
annual rate of 3.2 percent, ranking among the top
advanced economies, Lu said.
Hong Kong has been ranked as the world’s freest economy
in the Index of Economic Freedom of The Heritage
Foundation for 23 consecutive years, he said