|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Wanton Comments by the US and the EU on the Macao Court of Final Appeal Decision to Dismiss Appeals by Three Candidate Teams|
Q: On July 31, the Macao Court of Final Appeal made the decision to dismiss the appeals filed by three candidate teams and to uphold the decision of the Electoral Affairs Commission for the Legislative Assembly Election to exclude their candidate lists from the upcoming election. Spokespersons of the US State Department and the European External Action Service voiced their opposition to the disqualification of candidates and called for democracy, rights and freedoms in Macao to be upheld. Does China have any comment on this?
A: We deplore and reject it that relevant sides, in grave violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations, have time and again made wanton comments on the affairs of China’s Hong Kong and Macao SARs.
Supporting the Basic Law of the Macao SAR of the People’s Republic of China and pledging allegiance to the SAR are the legal requirements for members of the Legislative Assembly. The ruling made by the Court of Final Appeal of the Macao SAR on the basis of laws and facts has implemented the fundamental principle of “patriots administering Macao”, safeguarded the constitutional order enshrined in the Constitution and the Basic Law, kept the solemn election of the seventh term of the Macao Legislative Assembly free from irregularities, and demonstrated the judicial justice and authority of the Macao SAR. The relevant decision is supported by all sectors in Macao. We firmly support it.
Since Macao’s return, One Country, Two Systems has made remarkable achievements. The wide-ranging rights and freedoms enjoyed by the people in Macao are fully protected in accordance with law. These facts shall not be distorted. I want to stress that Macao is China’s SAR. The Chinese side will continue to resolutely ensure the steady and sustained implementation of the successful practice of One Country, Two Systems with Macao characteristics. In the meantime, we will firmly oppose interference in Macao affairs and China’s internal affairs by any external forces.