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UK News China passes controversial Hong Kong security law

10:20  30 june  2020
10:20  30 june  2020 Source:   theweek.com

Hong Kong: Lam will appoint national security judges on recommendations

 Hong Kong: Lam will appoint national security judges on recommendations HONGKONG-EVENTS: Hong Kong: Lam will appoint national security judges on recommendations © Reuters / CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS HONG KONG: LAM WILL APPOINT SAFETY JUDGES COUNCIL ON RECOMMENDATIONS HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong executive chief Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that she would appoint judges for national security matters based on recommendations from a judicial body responsible for it advises on such designations.

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

China 's top legislative body has unanimously approved a controversial national security law for Hong Kong , Chinese media reported Tuesday, a move that paves the way for the most radical changes to the self-governing territory since it passed from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

a person holding a colorful umbrella: Pro-Beijing demonstrators celebrate passage of Hong Kong security law © Anthony Kwan/Getty Images Pro-Beijing demonstrators celebrate passage of 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 United States ceases to export defense equipment to Hong Kong

 The United States ceases to export defense equipment to Hong Kong USA-HONG-KONG-CHINA-EXPORTATIONS: The United States ceases to export defense equipment to Hong Kong © Reuters / POOL New LES UNITED STATES TO EXPORT DEFENSE MATERIAL TO HONG KONG WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that defense exports to Hong Kong will stop, where Chinese officials have decided to impose new security legislation.

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 Beijing has been making it clear it wants new security legislation passed since huge pro-democracy protests last year plunged Hong Kong into its

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.

The approval process in the elite arm of China's party-run legislature "drew criticism for its unusual secrecy," the Times reports. "Breaking from normal procedure, the committee did not release a draft of the law for public comment. Hong Kong's activists, legal scholars, and officials were left to debate or defend the bill based on details released by China's state news media earlier this month."

Beijing says the new law, which will allow the Communist Party central government to set up a security apparatus in Hong Kong to collect intelligence and investigate special cases, will make Hong Kong safer. But it is not popular in Hong Kong, and critics warn it will be used to quash protests, Hong Kong's limited democracy, and dissent among pro-democracy advocates directly and through intimidation.

Chinese President "Xi Jinping is looking at more comprehensive control over Hong Kong, and the national security law will go a long way to achieving that control," Willy Wo-Lap Lam, a longtime commentator on Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told the Times. "It will be a new ballgame, affecting schools, affecting the media, and many other arenas of Hong Kong life." Beijing passed the law one day before the anniversary of Britain's handover, and for the first time in decades, Hong Kong has banned the usual July 1 protest march.

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.

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