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World China passes new national security law aimed at Hong Kong

06:30  30 june  2020
06:30  30 june  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Hong Kong: The new security law provides for life imprisonment

 Hong Kong: The new security law provides for life imprisonment CHINA-HONG-KONG-SECURITY-LAW: Hong Kong: The new security law provides for life imprisonment © Reuters / Denis Balibouse HONG KONG: THE NEW SECURITY LAW PLANS FOR LIFE PRISON HONG KONG (Reuters) - Any violation of the new "national security law" to combat subversion, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign forces in Hong Kong will be subject to life imprisonment, reports new China.

China ’s legislature has approved controversial national security laws for Hong Kong , dealing what The legislation, aimed at stamping out protests that have racked the city for the past year An attempt by the Hong Kong government to pass similar legislation in 2003 was abandoned after mass protests.

Beijing has reportedly passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that critics fear will crush political freedoms and pave the way for China Authorities have been clear that the legislation is aimed at stopping those protests, which have created new diplomatic tensions and added to an

Hong Kong and mainland China national flags. © Getty Hong Kong and mainland China national flags. China's parliament has passed national security legislation for Hong Kong, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony's way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost 23 years ago.

Hong Kong Cable TV, citing an unidentified source, said the law was passed unanimously by the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress.

The legislation pushes Beijing further along a collision course with the United States, Britain and other Western governments, which have said it erodes the high degree of autonomy the global financial hub was granted at its July 1, 1997 handover.

'Deep concern': UK summons Chinese ambassador over Hong Kong security law

  'Deep concern': UK summons Chinese ambassador over Hong Kong security law The Foreign Office has summoned the Chinese ambassador to make clear the UK's "deep concern" over the new Hong Kong national security law. © Other Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming was called to a meeting with the Foreign Office's permanent under-secretary Sir Simon McDonald on Wednesday, hours after China imposed a new national security law on Hong Kong. Sir Simon made clear the UK's "deep concern" over the new law, which was proposed a month ago and came into law at 11pm in Hong Kong on Monday - without the details being published first.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China 's parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the legislation is aimed at a few "troublemakers" and will not affect rights and freedoms, nor investor interests.

China plans to push through sweeping national security laws for Hong Kong at its annual meeting of parliament, in a move that critics say will effectively end Beijing has been making it clear it wants new security legislation passed since huge pro-democracy protests last year plunged Hong Kong into its

A draft of the law has yet to be published. Beijing says the law, which comes in response to last year's pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, aims to tackle subversion, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign forces.

This month, China's official state agency Xinhua unveiled some of its provisions, including that it would supersede existing Hong Kong legislation and that the power of interpretation belongs to the Chinese parliament's top decision-making body, the National People's Congress Standing Committee.

Beijing is expected to set up a national security office in Hong Kong to "supervise, guide and support" the city government. Beijing could also exercise jurisdiction on certain cases.

Judges for security cases are expected to be appointed by the city's unpopular, pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam. Senior judges now allocate rosters up through Hong Kong's independent judicial system.

Pompeo threatens China with further sanctions for Hong Kong law

 Pompeo threatens China with further sanctions for Hong Kong law © Anthony WALLACE US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened China with further sanctions for the new security law for Hong Kong. The law, which came into force on Tuesday, provides for strong interference with the autonomy rights of the special administrative zone. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened China with further sanctions for the new security law for Hong Kong.

China has long desired a new national security law for Hong Kong . Beijing believes almost a year of mass protests and, at times, paralysing confrontations on the streets shows that now it is needed more than ever. But critics point to what they say are ambiguities inherent in such a law and the broad

A billboard in Hong Kong promoting China ’s national security law for the city on Monday.Credit Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times.

It is still unclear which specific activities are to be made illegal, how precisely they are defined or what punishment they carry.

The South China Morning Post, quoting an unnamed source, said Xinhua would publish details of the law on Tuesday afternoon and Hong Kong officials would gather at Beijing's top representative office in the city later in the day for a meeting on the legislation.

Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the legislation is aimed at a few "troublemakers" and will not affect rights and freedoms, or investor interests.

The law comes into force as soon as it is gazetted in Hong Kong, which is seen as imminent.

Police have banned this year's planned July 1 rally on the anniversary of the 1997 handover, citing coronavirus restrictions. It is unclear if attending the rally anyway would constitute a national security crime if the law came into force by Wednesday.

More to come.

Reuters

Anniversary under tension of the retrocession of Hong Kong to China .
© Tyrone Siu, Reuters Pro-democracy demonstrators demonstrate in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020. During a ceremony marking the anniversary of the retrocession of Hong Kong , local executive chief Carrie Lam said on Wednesday that the new security law was the most important development for the city since its return under the tutelage of Beijing. Pro-democracy activists have planned to demonstrate against the new text.

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