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UK News China approves national security law for Hong Kong – reports

09:05  30 june  2020
09:05  30 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

Beijing to set up "a national security organ" in Hong Kong

 Beijing to set up © Provided by Le Point Xi Jinping, China, Hong Kong China unveiled on Saturday June 20 its intentions towards the former British colony of Hong Kong, detailing its " Hong Kong National Security Law ". A legislative text whose principle was adopted by the Chinese parliament, the National Assembly of the people, in May. The Assembly then gave its standing committee the task of drafting a bill.

Hong Kong media are reporting that China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam declined to comment on the law at a weekly meeting with reporters, saying it was inappropriate for her to do so

Critics say the measure, which criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, erodes Hong Kong ’s autonomy.

a close up of a person wearing a costume: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (Vincent Yu/AP) © Vincent Yu Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (Vincent Yu/AP)

Hong Kong media are reporting that China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity.

The South China Morning Post newspaper and public broadcaster RTHK, both citing unnamed sources, said that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress voted unanimously to approve a national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday.

There was no official confirmation from the central government in Beijing or Hong Kong officials.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam declined to comment on the law at a weekly meeting with reporters, saying it was inappropriate for her to do so while the Standing Committee was still meeting.

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China 's legislature has approved a proposal to impose a highly contentious national security law in Hong Kong , in an unprecedented move that critics say threatens fundamental political freedoms and civil liberties in the semi-autonomous territory.

HONG KONG /BEIJING (Reuters) - China 's parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong Amid fears the legislation will crush the global financial hub's rights and freedoms, and reports that The United States began eliminating Hong Kong 's special status under U.S. law on Monday

a person wearing a costume: Pro-China supporters holding Chinese national flags, toast during a rally to celebrate the approval of a national security law for Hong Kong (Kin Cheung/AP) © Provided by PA Media Pro-China supporters holding Chinese national flags, toast during a rally to celebrate the approval of a national security law for Hong Kong (Kin Cheung/AP)

She did say that once the law is passed, “the Hong Kong government will announce it and promulgate it for implementation here, and then I and my senior officials will do our best to respond to everyone’s questions, especially regarding the enforcement of this national law.”

The legislation is aimed at curbing subversive, secessionist and terrorist activities, as well as foreign intervention in the city’s affairs.

It follows months of anti-government protests that at times descended into violence in Hong Kong last year.

The law has met with strong opposition within Hong Kong and condemnation from former colonial ruler Britain, the US, the European Union and others.

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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 “ National security is the bedrock underpinning the stability of the country,” said Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the National People’s Congress (NPC), the annual

Hong Kong media, including Now TV, the South China Morning Post and others, reported that China ’s top legislative body -- the National People’s Congress Standing Committee -- had unanimously approved the security law for Hong Kong at the end of a three-day meeting in Beijing.

Human rights groups have warned the law could target opposition politicians seen as insufficiently loyal to Beijing for arrest or disqualification from running in September elections for the Legislative Council.

Ahead of the announcement, the US government said on Monday it will bar defence exports to Hong Kong and will soon require licenses for the sale of items to Hong Kong that have both civilian and military uses.

The administration has warned for weeks that if the law was passed, it would take action to end special US trade and commercial preferences Hong Kong had enjoyed since reverting to Chinese rule in 1997.

“The United States is forced to take this action to protect US national security,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

“We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong Kong or to mainland China. We cannot risk these items falling into the hands of the People’s Liberation Army, whose primary purpose is to uphold the dictatorship of the (ruling Communist Party) by any means necessary.”

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 The United States stops arms exports to Hong Kong © ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP Mike Pompeo, March 25, 2020, in Washington. Invoking national security in the United States, Mike Pompeo decided on Monday to end sales of defense equipment in Hong Kong. In question, a security law that Beijing wants to impose on the territory. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday (June 29) that exports of defense equipment to will be halted in Hong Kong , where Chinese authorities have decided to impose new security legislation.

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 Approves Hong Kong Security Legislation. Listen to article. Chinese lawmakers approved a proposal for sweeping new national security legislation in Hong Kong The decision on national security laws would help “ Hong Kong ’s long-term stability and prosperity,” he added.

a person flying through the air on top of a building: There are concerns the law would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory (Andy Wong/AP) © Provided by PA Media There are concerns the law would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory (Andy Wong/AP)

The US Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to impose sanctions on businesses and individuals — including the police — that undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy or restrict freedoms promised to the city’s residents.

Britain says it could offer residency and possible citizenship to around 3 million of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people.

China has denounced all such moves as gross interference in its internal affairs and foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday said Beijing has decided to retaliate with visa restrictions on “US personnel who perform badly on Hong Kong related issues”.

China decided to use the National People’s Congress to enact the legislation after opposition within Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and within society as a whole made it impossible to pass at the local level.

The law is seen as the most significant erosion to date of Hong Kong’s British-style rule of law and high degree of autonomy that China promised Hong Kong would enjoy at least through 2047 under the “one country, two systems” framework.

Passage of the legislation will also allow the central government in Beijing to set up a national security office in Hong Kong to collect and analyse intelligence and deal with criminal cases related to national security.

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