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World China pushes through Hong Kong security law

07:40  30 june  2020
07:40  30 june  2020 Source:   tvmovie.de

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 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 the territory’s autonomy. Beijing has been making it clear it wants new security legislation passed since huge pro-democracy protests last year

Should discrepancies arise, the security legislation will override Hong Kong law . The law promises to protect the civic rights of Hong Kong residents. Legal scholars also take issue with how the law was passed – through a legal manoeuvre that bypasses the Hong Kong ’s own legislature and the

Despite worldwide criticism, China has passed the controversial Hong Kong national security law, according to media reports.

Regierungschefin Carrie Lam tritt vor die Presse, zum Gesetz will sie sich aber nicht äußern. © Photo: Vincent Yu / AP / dpa Prime Minister Carrie Lam steps in front of the press, but she does not want to comment on the law.

The Standing Committee of the People's Congress unanimously adopted the law, several Hong Kong media reported. It targets activities that Beijing sees as subversive, separatist, or terrorist. It is also said to punish "secret agreements" with forces abroad. The democratic opposition fears that it will become the goal of the law.

The high level of secrecy surrounding the new security law implemented in just a few weeks continued today. So there was no official confirmation of the farewell for the time being. Even Hong Kong's Prime Minister Carrie Lam, who went to the press shortly after the media reports, did not want to comment on the law. According to unconfirmed reports, it should provide for life imprisonment as the maximum sentence. The exact text is not yet known.

Beijing converts a Hong Kong hotel into a new national security office

 Beijing converts a Hong Kong hotel into a new national security office © Tyrone Siu, Reuters Installation of the storefront of the new national security office in a hotel in Hong Kong, July 8, 2020. China opened Wednesday in A Hong Kong hotel has offices that will allow its security agents to act openly for the first time in the former British colony, under the new national security law imposed last week.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China 's parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on The legislation pushes Beijing further along a collision course with the United States, Britain Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, speaking at her regular weekly news conference, said it was not appropriate

China Passes Security Law With Sweeping Powers Over Hong Kong . Lawmakers in Beijing voted in a process that has been criticized for its secrecy and haste. In pushing through the legislation, Mr. Xi has taken matters out of the hands of politicians in Hong Kong and asserted that the Chinese central

The security law has met with harsh criticism in Hong Kong and internationally. It is the most extensive encroachment on the autonomy of the Chinese special administrative region. Critics fear an end to the "one country, two systems" principle that the former British crown colony has been governed under Chinese sovereignty since its return in 1997. The Communist leadership circumvents the Hong Kong parliament with the law, which is annexed to the Basic Law of the Autonomous Territory.

In response, the US stopped exporting arms to Hong Kong. In addition, exports of technology that could be useful to the military will in future be subject to the same restrictions as exports to China. "We can no longer differentiate between exporting controlled goods to Hong Kong or the Chinese mainland," said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The United States could not take the risk that such goods would fall into the hands of the Chinese military, whose most important task was to maintain the "dictatorship" of the Communist Party.

Hong Kong authorities put pressure on Canada

 Hong Kong authorities put pressure on Canada HONG-KONG-EVENTS-CANADA: Hong Kong authorities put pressure on Canada © Reuters / Patrick Doyle HONG KONG AUTHORITIES PRESS CANADA HONG KONG (Reuters) - Several senior Hong Kong executive officials said on Saturday that they were "very disappointed" with Canada's decision to suspend the application of the extradition treaty with the "special administrative region" .

China Is Pushing Through a Controversial National Security Law for Hong Kong . Chinese authorities announced on Thursday plans to bypass Hong Kong ’s legislature to enact a national security law that pro-democracy campaigners say is aimed at cracking down on dissent in the city.

Security rules proposed by the Hong Kong government in 2003 would have empowered the authorities to close seditious newspapers and conduct searches Instead, it is going through China ’s rubber stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, which holds its annual session starting Friday.

The US government had already announced at the end of May that it wanted to abolish the Chinese special administrative region's favorable legal status due to Beijing's increasing interference. In addition to the export controls, this should also concern customs duties and the issuing of visas, as was said at the time. The US sees the security law as a clear violation of Hong Kong's autonomy and freedoms.

There have been repeated demonstrations in Hong Kong over the past year to protest Beijing's influence or police brutality. The demonstrators are also demanding free elections, as was promised when they were returned to China in 1997. Germany and the other six members of the group of large industrial nations (G7) believe that the new security law is not in line with Hong Kong's basic law and Beijing's obligation under the Sino-British agreement.

In response, activists and human rights politicians are demanding international sanctions. The chair of the Bundestag's Human Rights Committee, Gyde Jensen (FDP), called for the EU-China summit under the German EU Presidency to be postponed due to the Corona crisis, but still planned. There should be punitive measures against China at the German or better still at the European level.

The EPP parliamentary group leader in the EU Parliament, Manfred Weber, hopes that the German EU Council Presidency, which begins on July 1, will also be more confident about China. "Our values ​​have come under massive pressure," said Weber of the "Rheinische Post". "I don't want China to be the winner of the crisis and to falsely propagate its authoritarian state system as the better one." The EU must better defend its values. «Hong Kong is the new Berlin today. John F. Kennedy said: I am a Berliner. I say today: I stand with the citizens of Hong Kong. »

USA stops defense equipment export to Hong Kong .
© ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS The US-China dispute over Hong Kong's autonomy is entering the next round. The US government announced that it would no longer supply defense equipment to Hong Kong. The US-China dispute over Hong Kong's autonomy is entering the next round. The US government announced on Monday that it would no longer supply defense equipment to Hong Kong.

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