While “clanking” about rejecting foreign interference, Australia is meddling in China’s affairs itself by halting an extradition treaty with Hong Kong and offering its residents a safe haven, Beijing’s embassy stated.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government announced earlier on Thursday that it will grant Hongkongers a five-year visa extension and “a pathway to permanent residency.”

“There will be citizens of Hong Kong who may be looking to move elsewhere, to start a new life somewhere else, to take their skills, their businesses,” Morrison said.

‘Not under colonial rule’: Chinese ambassador to UK slams ‘gross interference’ by British over Hong Kong security law ‘Not under colonial rule’: Chinese ambassador to UK slams ‘gross interference’ by British over Hong Kong security law

Later in the day, Beijing’s diplomatic mission in Canberra hit back at the announcement, saying that it “strongly deplores and opposes the groundless accusations and measures announced by the Australian government with regard to Hong Kong.”

Calling the safe haven offer “a serious violation of international law,” it stated that Morrison’s government is actually engaging in what it is officially against.

Australia has “blatantly interfered” in China’s domestic affairs although it “has been clanking that they oppose “foreign interference,’” the statement reads. “Its hypocrisy and double standard is exposed in full.” (RT)