Iran slams foreign interference in China’s internal affairs

Tasnim – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman denounced any outside interference in the internal affairs of the People’s Republic of China, reiterating Tehran’s support for the One-China policy.

“Non-interference in the affairs of other countries, protection of the territorial integrity of the world countries and respect for their national sovereignty” are among the clear and immutable principles in the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Seyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement on Sunday.

He added, “Based upon such principles, the Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes the importance of respecting the ‘One-China’ policy, condemns any foreign interference in the internal affairs of the People’s Republic of China and any harm to that country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and stresses the need for enforcing law and keeping order for the stability, welfare and security of the people of Hong Kong”.

Hong Kong was witnessing a renewal of protests on Sunday over a newly-proposed security law as a lockdown imposed over the coronavirus outbreak gradually loosens.

The proposed law was recently submitted for deliberation to the National People’s Congress (NPC) and it aims to boost security measures and safeguard national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) after violent protests rocked the region for months last year.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that Hong Kong was an internal affair and no foreign interference would be allowed.

Meanwhile, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien warned on Sunday that China’s proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong could lead to US sanctions and threaten the city’s status as a financial hub.