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World China passes Hong Kong security law amid global opposition

07:26  30 june  2020
07:26  30 june  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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.

The Chinese parliament on Thursday passed a national security bill that ramps up security in Hong Kong . Anti-Beijing protests in the autonomous city were The bill was approved by the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing and will now go to the country’s leadership to be enacted into law .

China plans to push through sweeping national security laws for Hong Kong at its annual meeting of By passing a law in the NPC, Chinese authorities will effectively bypass local opposition . The resolution is likely to be passed by China ’s parliament next week. The US president Donald Trump

a man standing in front of a building: Women walk past a government-sponsored advertisement promoting the new national security law as a meeting on national security legislation takes place in in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Women walk past a government-sponsored advertisement promoting the new national security law as a meeting on national security legislation takes place in in Hong Kong

By Clare Jim and Yew Lun Tian

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony's way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago.

a young man wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO - Joshua Wong, secretary-general of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Demosisto party, testifies to Congress in Washington © Reuters/Joshua Roberts FILE PHOTO - Joshua Wong, secretary-general of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Demosisto party, testifies to Congress in Washington

State media is expected to publish details of the law - which comes in response to last year's often-violent pro-democracy protests in the city and aims to tackle subversion, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign forces - later on Tuesday.

Hong Kong democracy activists disband

  Hong Kong democracy activists disband Hong Kong pro-democracy group Demosisto is disbanding after China's parliament passed a national security law targeting secessionist activity.Beijing's swift imposition of the law and a lack of transparency over its details have alarmed some diplomats, business leaders and activists who say it is the latest example of China's tightening grip over the former British colony.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China 's parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony's way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago. Cable TV, citing an unidentified source, said

China 's top lawmaking body unanimously approves the legislation.

Joshua Wong wearing a microphone: FILE PHOTO - Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to journalists after being disqualified from running in the local district's council elections in November, in Hong Kong © Reuters/Tyrone Siu FILE PHOTO - Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to journalists after being disqualified from running in the local district's council elections in November, in Hong Kong

Amid fears the legislation will crush the global financial hub's rights and freedoms, and reports that the heaviest penalty would be life imprisonment, prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said he would quit his Demosisto group.

"It marks the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before," Wong said on Twitter.

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 city 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 for the most radical changes to the former British colony's way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago. Cable TV, citing an unidentified source, said

The legislation will let Chinese security agents operate in Hong Kong , allow China to prosecute some cases and give Lam the power to pick judges to “You have in Hong Kong the Common Law system and imposing on it what passes as the law in china will produce chaos which will be intolerable for

The United States began eliminating Hong Kong's special status under U.S. law on Monday, halting defence exports and restricting the territory's access to high technology products.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, speaking at her regular weekly news conference, said it was not appropriate for her to comment on the legislation as the meeting in Beijing was still going on, but she threw a jibe at the United States.

"No sort of sanctioning action will ever scare us," Lam said.

Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of a think-tank under the Beijing cabinet's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, told Reuters the internationally criticised law was passed unanimously with 162 votes.

The editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a tabloid published by the People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party, said on Twitter the heaviest penalty under the law was life imprisonment, without providing details.

Hong Kong residents could be offered safe haven in Australia amid security law crackdown, PM Scott Morrison says

  Hong Kong residents could be offered safe haven in Australia amid security law crackdown, PM Scott Morrison says Australia is considering offering safe haven to Hong Kong residents to come to the country after controversial national security laws imposed by China came into effect.Yesterday, hundreds of people were arrested after demonstrators took to the streets to protest the new laws, which were introduced by China to suppress dissenters.

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.

Hong Kong 's freedoms die with the press of a button: China 's parliament rubber-stamps national security law giving Beijing sweeping powers amid international uproar. The Chinese National People's Congress passed the bill in Beijing this afternoon despite anger from the West. The new law is

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.

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

'REGRETTABLE'

This month, China's official Xinhua news agency unveiled some of the law's provisions, including that it would supersede existing Hong Kong legislation and that the power of interpretation belongs to China's parliament top committee.

Beijing is expected to set up a national security office in Hong Kong for the first time 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 chief executive. Senior judges now allocate rosters up through Hong Kong's independent judicial system.

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

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

Hong Kong police arrest suspect at airport after officer assaulted in security law protests

  Hong Kong police arrest suspect at airport after officer assaulted in security law protests Hong Kong police arrest suspect at airport after officer assaulted in security law protestsHong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of the sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent.

China will move to pass a hugely controversial national security law for Hong Kong , in what could be the biggest blow to the city's autonomy and civil liberties since its handover to Chinese rule in 1997.

Hong kong pastors face arrest, extradition to china with new security laws : watchdog. The central government in Beijing also would set up a national security office in Hong Kong to collect and analyze intelligence and deal with criminal cases related to national security .

South China Morning Post, citing "police insiders", said about 4,000 officers will be on stand-by on Wednesday to handle any unrest if people defy the ban.

Hong Kong is one of many developing conflicts between China and the United States, on top of trade, the South China Sea and the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain has said the security law would violate China's international obligations and its handover agreement.

A Japanese official said that if China had passed the law, it was "regrettable".

Democratically ruled and Chinese-claimed Taiwan said it "strongly condemns" the legislation, while the European Union has said it could take China to the International Court of Justice in The Hague over it.

China has hit back at the outcry, denouncing "interference" in internal affairs.

Hong Kong stocks <.HSI> were up 0.9% on Tuesday, in line with Asian markets.

(Additional reporting by Yanni Chow and Carol Mang in Hong Kong; Editing by Michael Perry, Robert Birsel)

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