China: EU should 'stop interfering' with Chinese internal affairs says FM spokesperson

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin urged the European Union to cease its interference in Chinese internal affairs on Wednesday, claiming that the bloc's actions violate «basic norms of international relations», while speaking from a press conference in Beijing. The statement comes after the EU decided it will cease exports of surveillance technology to Hong Kong, citing concerns that such equipment could aid in the enforcement of the region's newly passed national security law. «Since the EU claims to have interests and concerns in Hong Kong and wants to see the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, it should work in this direction with practical actions, instead of unilaterally introducing some so-called countermeasures to affect the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong,» Wenbin said. The minister also criticised the United States and Australia, whose governments he said had «slandered and smeared China» and similarly called on the states to curtail their interference into Chinese domestic policy and instead focus on mending relations with Beijing. The United States recently rescinded Hong Kong's special status and unique privileges in its foreign relations, and will recognise the region in the same way it does mainland China after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to that effect.

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