SENIOR Chinese officials in Hong Kong yesterday criticised the Hong Kong Government for ''interfering'' in the expulsion of Han Dongfang, which they described as ''purely a Chinese matter''. Deputy director of Xinhua (the New China News Agency), Zhang Junsheng, criticised the Government's ''hasty reaction'' on the expulsion of Mr Han, who allegedly was involved in anti-government activities during 11 months overseas. However, the criticism was rejected by the Governor's press secretary, Mike Hanson, who said the Government was simply reflecting anxiety and concern in the community. Mr Zhang said: ''It appears really strange to me that the foreigners are neither concerned with our developing economy nor the living standard of our 1.1 billion population. ''Yet, when it comes to people who have committed crimes in our country, they cannot wait to show their concern,'' he said. ''Based on what kinds of power could they interfere in the internal matter of China like this?'' Mr Zhang said it was misleading for the Government to link the issue to the freedom of re-entering Hong Kong after the changeover in 1997. ''Hong Kong will be governed by its own law after 1997 and any similar matters will be ruled by the law of Hong Kong,'' he said. The comments were echoed by another Xinhua deputy director, Zheng Guoxiong, who said the Hong Kong Government had no right to interfere. The Xinhua officials were joined by National People's Congress deputy, Victor Sit Fung-suen, and Legislative Councillor Phillip Wong Yu-hong, who said Hong Kong Government should not have interfered. Dr Sit also questioned the Government's motive in extending Mr Han's visa. Mr Wong criticised the Acting Governor, Sir David Ford, for his earlier comments on Mr Han's case. Sir David said last Monday that China's decision to exile Mr Han could undermine the confidence of Hong Kong people in their post-1997 future. ''As the Acting Governor, he should reconsider whether its appropriate to say so,'' Mr Wong said.