Interview: Cambodia wishes to see China's Hong Kong return to normal: gov't chief spokesman

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-24 19:31:02|Editor: mingmei
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by Mao Pengfei

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian government chief spokesman Phay Siphan said that his country wishes to see the ongoing situation in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) return to normal, noting that the kingdom supports China in ending violence in HKSAR.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Friday, Siphan said Cambodia supports the one-China policy and regards the Hong Kong issue as China's internal affairs.

"We wish to see the normalcy return to Hong Kong so that the people will continue to enjoy their ways of life, and the Hong Kong's economy will continue to enjoy stronger growth," he said.

The chief spokesman said violent protesters in Hong Kong should stop their outlawed actions, saying that they should respect the decision of the majority of the Hong Kong people who want peace, stability and further development.

"Well, the rule of law and public order must be maintained for the interest of the public," he said, referring to the necessary measures the Hong Kong police have taken to respond to violent protests.

Siphan said the protesters should try to find solutions to the problems through legal ways, not through illegal protests, stressing that violent protests have adversely affected people's daily lives, economy and tourism.

"Action on the streets is not the choice."

Talking about the "one country, two systems" principle, Siphan said the principle has worked well in Hong Kong and under the principle, the Hong Kong people have lived in peace, stability, and prosperity.

The chief spokesman said he had visited Hong Kong twice and witnessed its remarkable development over the past 22 years since its return to the motherland.

Siphan slammed certain western countries, saying they should not interfere in China's internal affairs under the pretext of democracy and human rights.

The chief spokesman said certain western countries are afraid of China's development, and they always attempt to do something to disrupt China's peaceful development.