The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council on Tuesday said it firmly supports the arrest of Jimmy Lai and 14 other suspects by the Hong Kong SAR police in accordance with the law.
"This is a normal law enforcement action to safeguard the rule of law, order and social justice in Hong Kong. We firmly support," a spokesperson for the office said.
"We resolutely oppose any external forces to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and (we will) unswervingly safeguard national sovereignty, security, development interests and Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability," the spokesperson added.
Earlier, the Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong SAR also expressed opposition to criticism by Western figures on the matter.