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World China enacts Hong Kong security law, escalating confrontation with U.S.

07:15  30 june  2020
07:15  30 june  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Hong Kong: Suspects arrested by Chinese agents possibly tried in China

 Hong Kong: Suspects arrested by Chinese agents possibly tried in China HONG-KONG-EVENTS-CHINA: Hong Kong: Suspects arrested by Chinese agents possibly tried in China © Reuters / THOMAS PETER HONG KONG: SUSPECTS ARRESTED BY CHINESE OFFICERS POSSIBLY JUDGED IN CHINA BEIJING / HONG KONG (Reuters) - Suspects arrested by Beijing's newly-established security office in Hong Kong could be tried in mainland China, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday, which should feed concerns when a decried security law came into force in the territory.

The Hong Kong government’ s first attempt at enacting national security laws in 2003 resulted in mass protests and the resignation of then Chief The U . S . stripped Hong Kong of its special trade status soon after the motion was passed, and the Senate passed a bill during the previous week

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 on Tuesday adopted a contentious national security law that will allow Beijing to override Hong Kong’s judicial system and target political opponents in the city, stripping the territory of autonomy promised under the handover agreement with Britain and raising the prospect of further retaliation from Washington.

a group of people posing for the camera: Riot police stop and search people during a protest against the national security law on June 28 in Hong Kong. © Anthony Kwan/Getty Images Riot police stop and search people during a protest against the national security law on June 28 in Hong Kong.

The move has strained China’s relations with the United States and other Western nations, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying on Friday that Washington would place visa restrictions on Chinese officials responsible for curtailing freedoms in Hong Kong. On Monday, China said it would impose reciprocal measures on unspecified American officials, while the Commerce Department suspended some of Hong Kong’s preferential trade treatment under U.S. law.

Taiwan advises its residents not to go to Hong Kong or to China

 Taiwan advises its residents not to go to Hong Kong or to China HONG-KONG-EVENTS-TAIWAN: Taiwan advises its residents not to go to Hong Kong or to China © Reuters / JAMES POMFRET TAIWAN RECOMMENDS ITS INHABITANTS TO GO TO HONG KONG OR CHINA TAIPEH (Reuters) - The Taiwanese authorities on Thursday advised their fellow citizens not to go or transit through Hong Kong but also Macao and mainland China following the promulgation of the law on security came into effect in the former British colony.

Should discrepancies arise, the security legislation will override Hong Kong law . The law promises to protect the civic rights of Hong Kong residents. A full draft of the law , to be enacted immediately, was not made public before its passage on Tuesday. Officials have promised the law will only target a

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China ' s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the In response to the legislation, the United States began eliminating Hong Kong ' s special status under U . S . law on Monday, halting defence exports and restricting the

Chinese lawmakers voted unanimously to push through the law on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover on July 1, 1997, according to official Communist Party-backed media outlets in Hong Kong. The date is usually marked by a massive march in Hong Kong, but the city’s police have banned the event this year, citing social distancing rules and the potential for violence.

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According to a summary of the law published earlier by the state-run Xinhua News Agency, the law will establish a Commission for Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong, which answers to the central government and whose remit covers secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces — charges frequently leveled against critics of the ruling Communist Party.

Beijing appoints a "hawk" at the head of the Hong Kong security agency

 Beijing appoints a CHINA-HONG-KONG-SECURITY: Beijing appoints a "hawk" at the head of the Hong Kong security agency © Reuters / TYRONE SIU BEIJING APPOINTS A "FALCON" AT THE HEAD OF THE HONG KONG SECURITY AGENCY BEIJING (Reuters) - Zheng Yanxiong, involved in the 2011 crackdown on anti-corruption protesters in the village of Wukan in China, said was appointed by Beijing to the post of director of the new national security agency in Hong Kong, the official China news agency reported on Friday.

China is moving to pass a hugely controversial national security law for Hong Kong , criminalizing "treason, secession, sedition (and) subversion" against the central government, and enabling Chinese national security organs to operate in the city.

China ’ s legislature has approved controversial national security laws for Hong Kong , dealing what critics have called a “killer An attempt by the Hong Kong government to pass similar legislation in 2003 was abandoned after mass protests. This time, the laws will be enacted through a provision that

Officials in Hong Kong say they have not seen precise details of the law, though the Hong Kong government has undertaken a promotional campaign urging people to support it. Asked about the measures at a news conference on Tuesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said it was not appropriate to comment.

After months of sometimes-violent protests in Hong Kong against Beijing’s encroachment last year, the new security law has heightened doubts about Hong Kong’s future as a global financial hub and a regional base for international companies that for years were drawn by the city’s relative freedoms. With those freedoms now in rapid retreat, many Hong Kongers say they are planning to flee the city.

Activists are bracing for arrests of pro-democracy figures such as media tycoon Jimmy Lai, lawyer Martin Lee and young activist Joshua Wong, all of whom have been targeted for years by Beijing and demonized by Chinese state media. Other less prominent figures and those arrested over their participation in pro-democracy protests also fear that the sting of the new laws will soon reach them.

Hongkong: Mike Pompeo threatens China with reprisals

 Hongkong: Mike Pompeo threatens China with reprisals © Provided by Le Point Hongkong, Mike Pompeo, China The United States are raising their voice after the adoption by China of a new law on the national security in Hong Kong. The US diplomat has threatened Beijing with further reprisals, deploring a "sad day" for Hong Kong. "Today is a sad day for Hong Kong, and for all freedom lovers in China," the secretary of state said in a statement.

China has stunned Hong Kong with the swiftness of its move to impose a national security law on the city. Many worry this could spell the end of Hong Kong ' s unique freedoms. So what do we know, and what do people fear the most? What is this law all about?

China approved sweeping "national security " legislation for Hong Kong on Thursday in a move that Hong Kong has swiftly become a battleground in escalating Cold War-like tensions between Washington Xi Jinping: China strengthening armed forces amid tensions with U . S . over coronavirus.

Joshua Wong et al. standing in front of a store: Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, seen here in Hong Kong on June 20, has said he expects to be a prime target of China’s security apparatus as Beijing moves to wipe out the city’s political freedoms. © Vincent Yu/AP Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, seen here in Hong Kong on June 20, has said he expects to be a prime target of China’s security apparatus as Beijing moves to wipe out the city’s political freedoms. “It is a really tough time for us. I hope that next week, I will still be able to answer phone calls from journalists,” Wong said in an interview on Monday. “Now is the time for the world to support Hong Kong people, and it is only more global pressure that can ensure my personal safety.”

Student activists also say their teachers have asked them to stop taking interviews with the foreign press, or engaging with any activism once the national security law passes.

“I am afraid. My parents have told me that if the national security law has passed, you should move to Taiwan or somewhere else,” said Charis Wong, a founder of Ideologist, a group of pro-democracy high school students. “But we can’t change the fact that the Communist Party has already targeted us.”

Beijing has been pressing Hong Kong’s politicians to enact such a national security law since the 1997 handover, but previous attempts by local officials were halted by heavy protests. This time, Beijing is going to the extraordinary step of circumventing Hong Kong’s lawmakers, invoking a previously disused provision in the city’s mini-constitution.

US Senate votes in favor of sanctions law against China for Hong Kong

 US Senate votes in favor of sanctions law against China for Hong Kong © ANTHONY WALLACE In the dispute over the autonomy status of Hong Kong, the US Senate has passed a sanctions law against China. The Chamber of Congress voted unanimously for the text, which provides for punitive measures against anyone who undermines the autonomy of the Chinese Special Administrative Region. In the dispute over the autonomy status of Hong Kong, the US Senate has passed a sanction law against China.

“ Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same manner as U . S . laws were applied to Hong Kong before July 1997 Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg. The plan to enact the national security legislation was first announced in Beijing late last week, with Chinese

The Basic Law , which enshrines Hong Kong ’ s special legal status, says the semiautonomous The security law could deter speech, protests and media critical of the Chinese government A previous push by Hong Kong ’ s leaders to enact a national security law foundered in 2003 after nearly 500

Victor Gao, a former Chinese Foreign Ministry official who is now a chair professor at China’s Soochow University, said that the protests in Hong Kong last year prompted Beijing to push through the law, after years of waiting for the city to enact it itself.

“What we’ve seen over the last 12 months,” he said, “is a very dire progression of violence in Hong Kong.”

Yun Jiang, director of the Australia-based China Policy Center, said that other countries may follow the United States in sanctioning China, though cautiously, because of the risk of Chinese retaliation.

“China is unlikely to back down from these types of pressures,” she said. “Targeted sanctions will not, by themselves, change the stance of the Chinese government towards Hong Kong.”

While the law faced strong resistance from Hong Kong’s people, it would likely have a chilling effect on protest in the longer term, Jiang said.

“At least initially, instead of dampening the pro-democracy movement, it may have the opposite effect,” she said. “However, in the long run, it will likely stifle any trend towards democracy.”

Last year’s protests were sparked by a government proposal to allow Hong Kong criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, a step many viewed as a further effort to erode rule of law in the city and the firewall between Hong Kong and the mainland. Beijing characterized the uprising, which broadened to encompass demands for democracy and police accountability, as terrorism fueled by foreign governments.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier this month that if China passed the law, London would provide a path to citizenship for millions of residents of Hong Kong.

Lyric Li in Beijing contributed to this report.

Police report first arrest under new security law in Hong Kong .
© DALE DE LA REY In Hong Kong, police have arrested a person for the first time based on the new security law. The man was arrested for holding an independence flag, the Hong Kong police said on Twitter on Wednesday. In Hong Kong, the police arrested a person for the first time based on the new security law. The man was arrested for holding an independence flag, the Hong Kong police said on Twitter on Wednesday.

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