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Cars Hong Kong leader calls Beijing's security law 'necessary'

08:26  01 july  2020
08:26  01 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Hong Kong: Beijing security bill will not harm freedoms, says Lam

 Hong Kong: Beijing security bill will not harm freedoms, says Lam HONG-KONG-EVENTS: Hong Kong: Beijing security bill will not harm freedoms, says Lam © Reuters / TYRONE SIU HONG KONG: BEIJING SECURITY BILL WILL NOT HARM FREEDOMS, SAYS LAM HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong executive chief Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that the national security bill studied by China would not harm rights and freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory, calling on Hong Kong citizens to wait until they know the Chinese text in detail.

Beijing will establish a new security office in Hong Kong , with its own law enforcement personnel - neither of which would come under the local authority' s jurisdiction. Hong Kong ' s chief executive can appoint judges in national security cases, and the justice secretary can decide whether or not there is

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.

A flag raising ceremony is held at the Golden Bauhinia Square to mark the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover to China in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung) © Provided by Associated Press A flag raising ceremony is held at the Golden Bauhinia Square to mark the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover to China in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader strongly endorsed the new security law China's central government is imposing on the semi-autonomous territory in her speech marking Wednesday's anniversary of its handover from colonial Britain.

Hong Kong: The new security law is rather moderate, says Lam

 Hong Kong: The new security law is rather moderate, says Lam HONG-KONG-EVENTS: Hong Kong: The new security law is rather moderate, says Lam © Reuters / Handout. HONG KONG: NEW SECURITY LAW IS RATHER MODERATE, SAYS LAM HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's new national security law imposed last week in Hong Kong does not bode well for the city and is rather "moderate", said on Tuesday the head of the local executive, Carrie Lam.

Many fear that Beijing ' s radical new law will end the freedoms Hong Kong has enjoyed since handover. The more that Beijing , under Xi Jinping's leadership , has sought to control Hong Kong , the more it has Enter the security law . What has the reaction been? Democratic Party leader Wu

DW correspondents in Beijing and Hong Kong on details of China’ s draft national security law for Hong Kong . "We've made clear on several occasions, including in our direct contacts last week with the Chinese leadership , that the new legislation does not conform with Hong Kong ' s basic law , nor

“This decision was necessary and timely to maintain Hong Kong’s stability,” Carrie Lam said following a flag raising ceremony and the playing of China's national anthem.

A pro-democracy political party, The League of Social Democrats, organized a protest march during the flag-raising ceremony preceding Lam’s speech. About a dozen participants chanted slogans echoing demands from protesters last year for political reform and an investigation into accusation of police abuse.

The law’s passage Tuesday further blurs the distinction between the legal systems of semi-autonomous Hong Kong, which maintained aspects of British law after the 1997 handover, and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system. Critics say the law effectively ends the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong Kong was promised a high degree of autonomy.

The Standing Committee of the Chinese Parliament seizes the security law for Hong Kong

 The Standing Committee of the Chinese Parliament seizes the security law for Hong Kong HONG-KONG-EVENTS-SECURITY-PROJECT: The Standing Committee of the Chinese Parliament seizes the security law for Hong Kong © Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins STANDING COMMITTEE OF CHINESE PARLIAMENT GETS SAFETY LAW FOR HONG KONG BEIJING (Reuters) - The Standing Committee of the Chinese Parliament, the decision-making body of the National People's Congress, began Thursday to examine the controversial security bill government in Hong Kong, announces the official new China news agency.

Hong Kong ' s leader Carrie Lam, who is seen as part of the pro- Beijing political establishment, said the law would help authorities tackle illegal activity in the city. Security law open to very wide interpretation. Robin Brant, BBC China Correspondent. China has long desired a new national security law for

The national security law comes into force just ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the city’s return to China from British rule, and a symbolic Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized U.S. efforts to restrict exports to Hong Kong , reiterating Beijing ’ s calls for Washington to stay out of

The law directly targets some of the actions of anti-government protesters last year, which included attacks on government offices and police stations, damage to subway stations, and the shutdown of the city’s international airport. Acts of vandalism against government facilities or public transit can be prosecuted as subversion or terrorism, while anyone taking part in activities deemed as secessionist would also be in violation of the new law.

Pro-democracy Leung Kwok-hung, center, and others protesters shout slogans © Provided by Associated Press Pro-democracy Leung Kwok-hung, center, and others protesters shout slogans " Stop One Party Rolling" before they march toward the flag raising ceremony marking the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover to China in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The law takes immediate effect and its consequences could come swiftly. Hong Kong's police force issued a statement saying they would consider as illegal any flag or banner raised by protesters deemed to be promoting Hong Kong's separation from China or expressing support for independence for Tibet, Xinjiang and the self-governing island democracy of Taiwan that China claims as its own.

China passes controversial Hong Kong security law

  China passes controversial Hong Kong security law China's National People's Congress Standing Committee unanimously approved a security bill Tuesday that will give Beijing authority to crack down on political dissent in Hong Kong, which has enjoyed significant legal and civil autonomy since being handed over by Britain in 1997, The New York Times and Chinese media in Hong Kong report. The U.S., Britain, and European Union have criticized the law and the U.S. placed limits on exports of U.S. defense equipment and some technology, stripping some of Hong Kong's special trade status. The approval process in the elite arm of China's party-run legislature "drew criticism for its unusual secrecy," the Times reports.

Hong Kong ' s sweeping new security law is a frighteningly open-ended tool to suppress political agitation. Like similar laws on the Chinese mainland Publicly advocating Hong Kong independence? Almost certainly. The more that Beijing , under Xi Jinping' s leadership , has sought to control Hong

Beijing unveiled the national security law it is imposing on Hong Kong on Tuesday, punishing crimes of secession and sedition with up to life in prison and Beijing had kept full details of the law shrouded in secrecy and even Hong Kong ' s Beijing -backed leader , Carrie Lam, said she was not privy to the

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, center, toasts with guests following the flag-raising ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover to China, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung) © Provided by Associated Press Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, center, toasts with guests following the flag-raising ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover to China, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Concerns have also been raised over the fate of key opposition figures, some of whom have already been charged for taking part in protests, as well as the disqualification of candidates for the Legislative Council elections scheduled for September.

Under the law, those found guilty of inciting secessionist, subversive, terrorist activities and colluding with foreign forces could face life imprisonment if they are deemed masterminds of such activities.

Schools, social groups, media outlets, websites and others unspecified will be monitored and their national security awareness will be raised, according to the text, while China’s central government will have authority over the activities of foreign non-governmental organizations and media outlets in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong: the opposition worries about the new details on the security law

 Hong Kong: the opposition worries about the new details on the security law © Anthony WALLACE / AFP Pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong, June 12, 2020. After the announcement of new details by the China news agency on the national security law that Beijing intends to impose on Hong Kong, the pro-democracy camp reacted with concern and denounced the noose of China which is tightening on the former British colony.

HONG KONG (AP) — China approved a contentious national security law that will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong , a move many see as Beijing ' s boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and mainland China’s

The law will drastically broaden Beijing ' s power over Hong Kong , which last year was roiled by anti-government protests calling for greater democracy and more autonomy from mainland China. Chinese President Xi Jinping votes on a proposal to draft a security law on Hong Kong during the closing

It says central government bodies in Hong Kong will take over in “complicated cases” and when there is a serious threat to national security. Local authorities are barred from interfering with central government bodies operating in Hong Kong while they are carrying out their duties, according to the text.

The legislation was mandated under Hong Kong’s local constitution but an earlier attempt to pass it in the city’s legislative body in 2003 was shelved in the face of massive public opposition. Having lost patience, Beijing finally decided to circumvent the Hong Kong legislature and have it passed Tuesday by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament.

Police prepare for pro-democracy protesters' rally against the security law for Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) © Provided by Associated Press Police prepare for pro-democracy protesters' rally against the security law for Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order putting the law into effect and it has been added to the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s constitution.

The U.S. has already begun moves to end special trade terms given to the territory. The Trump administration has also said it will bar defense exports to Hong Kong and will soon require licenses for the sale of items that have both civilian and military uses, citing the possibility of them falling into the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, which owes its loyalty to China's ruling Communist Party.

Hong Kong. Lawyers worried after National Security Law comes into force

 Hong Kong. Lawyers worried after National Security Law comes into force © ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP A new security law has just come into force in Hong Kong. Beijing promulgated on Tuesday evening a very controversial text that its detractors present as the last nail on the coffin of Hong Kong's semi-autonomy. The Hong Kong bar expressed deep concern about the security law imposed by Beijing , warning that its very vague wording undermined the independence of the judiciary in the former British colony.

Congress has also moved to impose sanctions on people deemed connected to political repression in Hong Kong, including police officials, while Britain has said it could offer residency and possible citizenship to about 3 million of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people.

China has said it will impose visa restrictions on Americans it sees as interfering over Hong Kong.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the threat of a visa ban as a sign of “how Beijing refuses to take responsibility for its own choices" and said the law's adoption “destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements."

Beijing’s “paranoia and fear of its own people’s aspirations have led it to eviscerate the very foundation of the territory’s success," Pompeo said in a statement.

The law’s passage comes after Hong Kong’s legislature in early June approved a contentious bill making it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. Pro-China figures have also been pushing for more “patriotic” education to be introduced into the curriculum in hopes that will boost their identification with Beijing.

Heated in Hong Kong between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing elected officials .
HONG-KONG-EVENTS: Heated in Hong Kong between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing elected officials © Reuters / TYRONE SIU HONG KONG WARMED WITH ELECTED PRO-DEMOCRACY AND PRO-BEIJING HONG KONG (Reuters) - Clashes broke out in Hong Kong on Monday between parliamentarians close to the Beijing-backed executive and other pro-democracy politicians over the chairmanship of a crucial committee in studying bills before their presentation to the Assembly.

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