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China is imposes anti-sedition law on Hong Kong. Bypasses HK legislature


China is foisting an anti-sedition law on Hong Kong that will change it for ever
Ilaria Maria Sala and Louisa Lim

Fri 22 May 2020 12.26 EDT

Beijing has decided it will bypass the city’s legislature. Hong Kong’s cherished freedoms have never been so imperilled

Beijing’s announcement that it will force through a “national security” law in Hong Kong is, to date, the greatest infringement of China’s promises to the special administrative region. It threatens to undermine all the cherished institutions and rights that distinguish this international city from mainland China. The legislation is designed to prevent “sedition, subversion, secession and treason”, but the manner in which it is being introduced is undercutting Hong Kong’s relative autonomy, its independent judiciary and its legislature.

The issue has always been controversial. In 1989, Beijing became worried by Hong Kong’s support for the pro-democracy movement in China; it requested that the territory draft anti-subversion laws on its own after 1997, when Hong Kong was handed over to China by Britain. Although this is required by article 23 of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, it has never been enacted. In 2003, the Hong Kong government tried to introduce the legislation, resulting in street protests of half a million people. This time, following months of bitter protests, Beijing has clearly run out of patience.

 China’s Communist party has shown that it can outplay the protest movement with the very same crash-and-burn strategy
At the opening of the National People’s Congress – delayed by two months because of the global pandemic – the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, announced that Beijing would impose the legislation on Hong Kong by adding it to an annex of the Basic Law. This bypasses Hong Kong’s legislature, whose procedural gridlock climaxed last week with pro-democracy legislators being carried out by security guards while a pro-Beijing politician was installed as a committee chair. Beijing is effectively taking away Hong Kong’s right to legislate for itself, promulgating laws that will be forced upon the territory.

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Chinese President Xi signs new Hong Kong security law
July 1, 2020, 8:11 am

ANKARA – China’s president on Tuesday signed a decree imposing a controversial new security law on Hong Kong, local media reported.

Xi Jinping signed the decree after the Standing Committee of China’s 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China’s top legislative body, unanimously voted to pass the law earlier today, the daily Global Times reported.

The bill came in the wake of months of protests and what China calls "anti-national" activities last year in the semi-autonomous territory.

The legislation would make it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority in Hong Kong. Hong Kong, which has been under Chinese sovereignty since 1997, witnessed large protests last year against a move to legalize the extradition of accused persons to mainland China.

Ahead of the final approval of the law, the US has vowed to eliminate policy exemptions for Hong Kong, including export controls on dual-use technologies.

The United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada have also expressed deep concern over the law, saying it could be used to stifle dissent.

Beijing rejects the criticism, saying it will not tolerate meddling in its “internal affairs.”

However, Li Zhanshu, chairman of the congress, referring to Hong Kong’s special status, said: “The one country, two systems cause should be steered toward the right direction.”

He emphasized “resolute and effective efforts to safeguard national security and the constitutional order and the order of rule of law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,” Xinhua news reported. (Anadolu)

With Hong Kong crackdown, Xi Jinping signals he’ll pay a high price for power
Jul 2, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

Hong Kong is reeling from the impact of a new national security law imposed by the central government in Beijing. After nearly 25 years of relative freedom, residents are confronting a new reality in the semi-autonomous city. And the change has major implications for U.S. foreign policy. Nick Schifrin talks to Susan Shirk, a top State Department official for Asia during the Clinton administration.

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