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Radical protesters attack police officers in Tsuen Wan in the western New Territories of south China's Hong Kong, Aug. 25, 2019. (Xinhua)

A "death knell" has been sounded, but only for the U.S. interference in Hong Kong affairs. With China's rock-firm conviction, Washington's hypocrisy and double-standards practice are destined to fail.

BEIJING, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Some dishonorable Western politicians have always tried to exploit every possible chance to meddle in China's internal affairs. Most recently, they have turned their accusing fingers towards Beijing's legitimate efforts to better protect the country's national security.

At the ongoing annual "two sessions," China's top legislature is to deliberate on a draft decision, which seeks to establish and improve the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) so as to safeguard national security. However, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unscrupulously distorted the proposed law as a so-called "death knell" for the high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong.

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, attends a deliberation held by deputies from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, capital of China, May 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

It is a duty for every government to pursue policies to cement national security in its own country. Over the years, some Western countries such as the United States and Britain have forged a sophisticated system of laws and regulations to maintain national security.

Ironically, while making their own security laws, they are seeking to undermine China's endeavor to safeguard sovereignty on its own soil. That has unmistakably exposed their hypocrisy of practicing double standards.

Since the proposed ordinance amendments last year, some radical separatists in Hong Kong, backed by external interventionists, have ramped up their rampant acts of violence and terrorism, which severely endangered public security in the city, challenged the bottom line of the "one country, two systems" principle, and posed a grave threat to China's national security. No governments in the world will tolerate such acts of extremism on their territory.

Under the current circumstances, it is now imperative for China's top legislature, in accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law of the HKSAR, to push forward the legislation process at the national level to safeguard the country's sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity, and consolidate the foundation of the principle of "one country, two systems."

A resident signs in a street campaign in support of national security legislation for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in Hong Kong, south China, May 23, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

For most residents and overseas investors in Hong Kong, it serves their long-term and legitimate interests for them to reject the so-called "Hong Kong independence" and interference from external forces, end violence, and restore social stability and prosperity in the city known as a global financial hub.

And for those ill-intentioned Western politicians who pretend to care about the future of Hong Kong, they merely takes the city as a pawn to carry out subversive activities and plot a "color revolution" in the Chinese city in order to contain China's development. Their intrigues have grossly trampled on the authority of international law and the basic norms governing international relations.

However, the Pompeos have underrated the unswerving determination of Beijing and the Chinese people to safeguard China's sovereignty, security and national development interests, as well as their firm resolution to stop any foreign elements from intervening in Hong Kong affairs.

A "death knell" has been sounded, but only for the U.S. interference in Hong Kong affairs. With China's rock-firm conviction, Washington's hypocrisy and double-standards practice are destined to fail. ■

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