BEIJING, July 25 -- China on Friday urged Britain to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs as a parliamentary committee conducted an inquiry on the 30-year implementation of a Hong Kong joint declaration.
"Such practice is an interference of China's domestic affairs," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, referring to the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry which was announced on Tuesday.
The inquiry is about the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong since its signing in 1984.
"China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes Britain's practice, and has lodged solemn representations," Hong said.
The joint declaration was signed on Dec. 19, 1984 in Beijing, after 22 rounds of negotiations.
It confirmed that the government of the People's Republic of China will resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong from July 1, 1997, and the "one country, two systems" policy will be implemented in the region.
The practice of "one country, two systems" has achieved great success in Hong Kong since its return to the motherland in 1997, which is recognized by all, Hong noted.
Hong Kong is one special administrative region of China, and its affairs are China's domestic affairs. The Chinese government opposes any foreign forces intervening, the spokesman said.
He urged the British side to respect China's stance and concerns with concrete actions, abide by its commitment and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any form to maintain sound development of Sino-British relations.