BEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday voiced firm opposition to a resolution passed by the European Parliament over Hong Kong, urging it to respect China's sovereignty and stop lecturing other countries on human rights.
In response to a related query, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Hong Kong affairs are purely the internal affairs of China and brook no interference from any foreign government, organization or individual.
"Certain members of the European Parliament, confusing right and wrong, have advanced the passing of the so-called resolution, constituting a gross interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs," Hua said, adding that China firmly opposes such practices.
"We urge the European Parliament to face squarely the fact that Hong Kong has returned to China, abide by the international law and basic norms governing international relations, abandon double standards and stop lecturing other countries over human rights," Hua said.
The European Parliament should earnestly respect China's sovereignty and the rule of law in Hong Kong, and stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any form, the spokesperson added.