The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) strongly opposes the statement made by the U.S. Department of State on October 3 regarding the arrests made by the Hong Kong police on October 1, the HKSAR government said in an official statement on Sunday.
"A government spokesman said that the arrests were absolutely lawful and necessary to maintain law and order in society and protect the life and property of Hong Kong residents. It was much regretted that senior U.S. officials continued to adopt 'double standards' in expressing utterly irresponsible remarks on law enforcement actions in the HKSAR," the statement said.
"The HKSAR government solemnly reminded the U.S. government that the HKSAR is an inalienable part of the People's Republic of China (PRC), a local administrative region which enjoys a high degree of autonomy and comes directly under the Central People's Government. Hong Kong affairs are internal matters of the PRC. Foreign governments should stop scaremongering and interfering in any form in Hong Kong's affairs."