UK News China enacts security law for Hong Kong

06:40  30 june  2020
06:40  30 june  2020 Source:   dw.com

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.

The Hong Kong government’s first attempt at enacting national security laws in 2003 resulted in mass protests and the resignation of then Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa. But after a half year of protests in the city over an extradition bill, which was later withdrawn, in the latter half of 2019

China ’s legislature has approved controversial national security laws for Hong Kong , dealing what critics have called a “killer blow” to the city’s autonomy This time, the laws will be enacted through a provision that bypasses Hong Kong ’s legislature and therefore public debate and consultation.

It could be a historic turning point for the former British crown colony. Critics fear loss of freedom in Hong Kong. The US government is already taking its consequences.

Werbebanner für das neue Sicherheitsgesetz - gesponsert von Hongkongs Peking-treuer Regierung © Reuters / T. Siu advertising banner for the new security law - sponsored by Hong Kong's Beijing-loyal government

China has passed the controversial security law for Hong Kong, according to media reports. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress has unanimously approved the bill.

The law is directed primarily against activities that the leadership in Beijing considers subversive or that could aim at Hong Kong's independence. It is also said to punish "secret agreements" with forces abroad. Details are not yet known. So far, the text has been kept top secret.

Hong Kong: China in turn sanctions American officials

 Hong Kong: China in turn sanctions American officials USA-CHINA-HONG-KONG: Hong Kong: China in turn sanctions American officials © Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins HONG KONG: CHINA SANCTIONS US LEADERS 'TOWER BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to impose visa restrictions on US nationals after similar Washington decision against Chinese Communist Party officials in reaction to Beijing policy towards Hong Kong.

China 's parliament has backed security legislation for Hong Kong which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority in the territory. Full details about exactly what behaviour will be outlawed under the new security law are not yet clear. It is due to be enacted before September.

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

Opposition in the sights

Hong Kong's pro-democratic opposition believes that the law targets them in particular. It is likely to be Beijing's most extensive intervention in 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 largely autonomously since it was returned to China in 1997.

Anhänger der Opposition bei einer Demonstration in Hongkong (Archiv) © Reuters / T. Siu supporters of the opposition at a demonstration in Hong Kong (archive)

USA overturn special arrangement

The security law is also being criticized internationally. The US government has already stopped exporting US armaments to Hong Kong. The Chinese Communist Party’s actions have forced it to reassess its territory policy, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"We can no longer make a distinction between exporting controlled goods to Hong Kong or mainland China," Pompeo said. The United States could not take the "risk" that supplies destined for Hong Kong would "fall into the hands" of the Chinese army, whose primary goal was to maintain the "dictatorship" of the CP.

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Wong calls for German support for Hong Kong's democracy movement .
© ISAAC LAWRENCE Given the rabid behavior of the security forces against demonstrators in Hong Kong, the well-known democracy activist Joshua Wong has asked the German government for support. Wong said she had to call the injustice "by name" to "Bild". Given the rabid security forces' actions against demonstrators in Hong Kong, well-known democracy activist Joshua Wong has asked the federal government for support.

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