Does Great Britain think the present time were still in the 19th century?
Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, charged with collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, is to be tried in court. Yet before the formal commencement of the trial, foreign forces are trying to influence the court ruling in every possible way. Just days ago, Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), even made such a claim that Great Britain has the "right to get involved in" Hong Kong affairs and so on and so forth, showing the arrogance of a colonial ruler. It must be pointed out that Hong Kong has returned to its Motherland for a quarter of a century already. The UK has neither sovereignty over Hong Kong, nor the right to govern Hong Kong, nor the right to supervise on Hong Kong. It has no right whatsoever to get involved in Hong Kong affairs. If Britain thinks it could have Jimmy Lai exonerated in this way, then it simply tries to chase a rainbow. It in fact serves as further evidence to aggravate the criminal charge against Jimmy Lai for collusion with foreign forces.
More than one person has been arrested suspected of breaching the Hong Kong national security law, but no one else gets so much attention and gains so much care from foreign forces as Jimmy Lai. Since Jimmy Lai was arrested two years ago, the US and UK authorities have been doing everything possible to meddle in the case. There are so-called "six-monthly reports on Hong Kong", and there are also various kinds of "hearings" held and statements issued. They stop at nothing to discredit Hong Kong. Recently, Jimmy Lai's international legal team have asked the British government to "ensure his release" citing so-called reason that "Jimmy Lai owns British nationality". An official from Britain's Foreign Office even held a meeting with Jimmy Lai's son. It is easy to see that foreign forces are resorting to all sorts of weird tricks in the hope of helping Jimmy Lai evade justice.
Nevertheless, such a malpractice of interfering in Hong Kong affairs in such a barefaced way and exerting pressures on the court in such an undisguised way, in fact, is completely counter-productive. This has not only torn off the hypocritical veil of so-called "supremacy of the law" worn by the US and UK, but also further confirmed that the charges brought against Jimmy Lai of collusion with foreign forces to jeopardise endanger national security are based on undisputable facts. May we ask: why do foreign forces favour Jimmy Lai alone if he is not of great value for them? This once again proves that Jimmy Lai's case involves national security risks. Hence the interpretation of the Hong Kong national security law by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) is absolutely necessary and also very timely, which effectively plugs up the loopholes to minimise national security risks.
Maybe realising that the card of "British nationality" is of little use, UK authorities turn to play the card of "commitment" instead. Speaking in parliament, the British prime minister claimed that Britain has the "right to get involved in" Hong Kong affairs according to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, etc. What a "lordly manner" of a colonial ruler! Perhaps in Sunak's mind, the present time were still in the 19th century, a time when "the empire on which the sun never sets" could throw its weight about everywhere and invade other countries recklessly and without restraint
Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong, whose affairs no foreign forces have any right to get involved in. The substantial meaning of the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed in 1984 is for China to recover Hong Kong. Of the 1,137 words, eight clauses in the text of the declaration and of its three annexes, there is no single word or clause delegating Great Britain any responsibility for Hong Kong after the city's return to China. The UK has no sovereignty over Hong Kong, no right to govern or supervise on Hong Kong. Nor is there any "commitment" at all. As a matter of fact, the UK authorities are well aware of this. They fail to justify that they have such a right with any stipulation in the Sino-British Joint Declaration from start to finish, so that they have to resort to plausible verbalisms in an attempt to deceive the world.
Seeing it either from the perspective of the norms of international relations or from objective facts, British authorities have no right and no excuse to interfere in any Hong Kong affairs. The British side repeatedly making an issue of the Sino-British Joint Declaration once and again just exposes their gloomy, obsolete mentality of colonialism and their sinister intention to smear Hong Kong under the banner of human rights.
Ignoring their own tough laws governing national security, the US and UK authorities instead accuse other countries of safeguarding their national security. How laughable the way they apply "double standards" in this regard! Firm and unswerving is the Chinese government's resolve to safeguard national sovereignty, implement the "one country two systems" principle and oppose any foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs. The facts are clear and evidence irrefutable for charges brought against Jimmy Lai for breaching the Hong Kong national security law, and we believe the SAR court will make a fair judgement. To flaunt their own image of so-called upholding "democracy and freedom", foreign forces keep taking advantages of the Jimmy Lai's case. Nevertheless, the more support foreign forces lend to Jimmy Lai, the harder they push him into the abyss of death.