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UK News Hong Kong leader calls Beijing's security law 'necessary'

08:25  01 july  2020
08:25  01 july  2020 Source:   msn.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.

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

Hong Kong ' s leader Carrie Lam defended the law , saying it filled a "gaping hole" in national security . Japan called the law "regrettable" and Taiwan even warned its citizens of risks in visiting Hong The more that Beijing , under Xi Jinping' s leadership , has sought to control Hong Kong , the

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 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.

A controversial national security law giving Beijing unprecedented powers over Hong Kong has gone into effect, according to the semi-autonomous territory’ s government. Late on Tuesday, China unveiled the full details of a sweeping anti-sedition law after the country’ s top legislative body unanimously

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

“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.

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.

HONG KONG — Beijing formally enacted security laws for Hong Kong on Tuesday, according to media reports, paving the way for one of the most profound changes to the governing of the territory in decades. China stunned the world in May when it announced that it would side-step Hong Kong ' s

On June 30th, Beijing ’ s National People’s Congress Standing Committee voted in favor of Hong Kong ’s national security law . The South China Morning Post reported that the 162 members of the Standing Committee unanimously voted in favor of the law within 15 minutes of their meeting starting.

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.

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.

Beijing loyalists celebrate Hong Kong ’s return to the Chinese motherland after a century-and-a-half of what many considered humiliating colonial rule by Britain. Democracy advocates have used the date to hold large protests as popular anger towards Beijing ’ s rule swells.

Beijing ordered that a new law be written to extend many of mainland China’ s security practices to Hong Kong , creating broad powers to quash unrest. BEIJING — China officially has the broad power to quash unrest in Hong Kong , as the country’ s legislature on Thursday nearly unanimously approved

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.

The United States stops arms exports to Hong Kong

 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.

Beijing — China said Tuesday it will retaliate after the U. S . announced it was ending the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong in response to Beijing imposing a controversial national security law on the "In response to the U. S .' s wrongful actions, China will take necessary countermeasures."

Beijing ’ s move to take a direct hand in the territory’s affairs will pit the pro-democracy movement against an uncompromising Communist Party. Televisions in Hong Kong on Friday showed reports about Beijing ’ s plans to impose national security legislation.Credit Lam Yik Fei for The New York

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.

Wong calls for German support for Hong Kong's democracy movement

 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.

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.

Strike in Hong Kong leaves many cold .
Are the Hong Kong tired of the protests? At any rate, a strike call against the planned Chinese security law for Hong Kong failed. Participation in the vote was far too low. © Getty Images / AFP / A. Wallace A democracy activist in Hong Kong names five demands from his movement Only 9000 union members cast their vote in a ballot. They voted 95 percent to stop work in protest against the Chinese security law. However, around 60,000 votes would have been necessary.

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