0756 GMT November 30, 2020
“The Hong Kong issue is China’s internal affairs and external interference violates China’s sovereignty, and North Korea will actively support the Chinese party and government to defend national sovereignty, safety and territorial integrity,” North Korea’s KCNA state news agency cited Ri Son-gwon as saying on Friday.
Chinese Ambassador Li Jinjun expressed gratitude for North Korea’s support, it said, Reuters reported.
North Korea’s comments come after Beijing proposed a new national security law to be passed and implemented in Hong Kong that was criticized by some Western countries, including the US.
Despite Western criticism, however, Beijing insists that the new law does not pose a threat to Hong Kong’s autonomy and the interests of foreign investors, noting that it is merely meant to prevent terrorism and foreign interference there, which were evident in violent, Western-backed protest rallies and riots there against the government last year.
Hong Kong’s legislature debated and passed the Beijing-proposed law last Wednesday, potentially criminalizing sedition, secession, and subversion.
The bill also requires that China’s national anthem be taught in schools and sung by organizations, and imposes jail terms or fines against those who disrespect it.
North Korea said on Thursday the US was in no position to criticize China over Hong Kong or human rights when Washington threatens to “unleash dogs” to suppress anti-racism protests, a reference to a tweet by President Donald Trump.