National Security Law to serve the interest of all Filipinos — Chinese envoy to PH

Published June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Roy Mabasa

Shortly after the National People’s Congress in Beijing passed the draft of the Hong Kong National Security Law, the Chinese Embassy in Manila on Friday said the legislation will “serve the interests of all Filipinos” including thousands who are working in the former Crown Colony.

Ambassador Huang Xilian (left) (Chinese Embassy / MANILA BULLETIN)
Ambassador Huang Xilian (left)
(Chinese Embassy / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Chinese Embassy made this statement in a prepared question and answer (Q&A) material sent to reporters with no less than Ambassador Huang Xilian explaining certain provisions of the controversial national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).

“China’s exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong is conducive to maintaining the long-term peace and stability of Hong Kong, and they hope that Hong Kong will continue to maintain prosperity and stability and require that Philippine citizens in Hong Kong will abide by the Hong Kong National Security Law. We highly appreciate all these righteous statements, which also serve the interests of all the Filipinos,” the Chinese ambassador said in response to earlier statements made by the Philippine government on non-interference in China’s internal affairs.

On June 2, presidential spokesman Harry Roque categorically said that events unfolding in Hong Kong are “purely a Chinese matter,” adding that the Philippines respects China’s exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong.

“The continued prosperity of Hong Kong will mean continued employment for Filipinos and because of our proximity, we hope that prosperity will continue so that there will be more opportunities for Filipinos to work and make a livelihood in Hong Kong,” Roque told a Chinese-based news agency.

The Chinese envoy pointed out that enacting national security legislation in Hong Kong is an “exercise of a nation’s sacrosanct sovereignty.”

China pushed for the passage of the security legislation following the series of bloody protests that started towards the end of 2019 over a bill threatening to extradite Hong Kong residents who committed a certain crime for trial in mainland China.