Hong Kong National Security Law
Explaining the Chinese move
On May 28, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) approved a decision to move forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong. The vote approves the standing committee to draft legislation to punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger national security in Hong Kong. Beijing has asserted the law change will be tightly focused and non-threatening. Its plan includes outposts of mainland agencies to curb interference by foreign countries. The move has prompted widespread condemnation, especially from around the Western world. European Union representatives and the foreign ministries of the UK, Australia and Canada have argued that Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy would diminish, violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration, Hong Kong residents’ rights and freedoms would be harmed, and that bypassing the local legislature cannot be justified. However, Chinese authorities and the Beijing-backed government in Hong Kong say there is no threat to the city’s autonomy and the new security law will be tightly focused.
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