China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday that Hong Kong’s legislative council elections are considered local elections in China, adding no foreign entity has “any right to interfere and nothing could justify such interference.”

Here’s some background: On Friday Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam used a colonial-era emergency regulation to postpone the September Legislative Council elections by a year due to the growing Covid-19 outbreak in Hong Kong.

Some pro-democracy lawmakers accused the government of wanting to avoid a potential loss following China’s imposition of a new national security law on the city.

MOFA spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Monday that the decision was a “legitimate measure to protect Hong Kong residents safety and health” and a way to ensure the elections “can be safe, fair, and just.”

“There are many precedents postponing elections because of disasters such as an epidemic. The Hong Kong SAR government’s decision is in line with this common practice, is legitimate, reasonable, and lawful,” Wang said.

Source: CNN

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